England Cricket Board's managing director Rob Key has lavished praise on Test captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum for turning around the team’s fortunes significantly in the post-Joe Root era. England endured a horror run in Test cricket under Root. However, things have taken a complete turn under the new captain-coach regime.
South Africa hammered England by an innings and 12 runs in the first Test of the three-match series at Lord’s on Friday, August 19. In a Test match that ended in three days, the Proteas were completely dominant over the Englishmen, bowling them out for 165 and 149.