Ben Stokes takes the helm as international cricket returns from coronavirus shutdown

International cricket is set to make its big return on Wednesday - the first time since the sport was all but shutdown due to coronavirus.

England's Test against the West Indies is the first match between two major nations anywhere in the world since March 2.

After several months of cancellation, postponement and hiatus, the two sides are helping the process of restoring some normality for those cricket fans watching and listening at home.

Things will look different, however, with no spectators and a recording of crowd noises played across the grounds.

Players will also have to keep their distance - doing away with celebrations like high-fives.

It will be a first outing as captain for England's Ben Stokes too - with Joe Root sitting out the match due to the arrival of his second child.

Stokes has already received a message from his teammate, however, finding a note on his blazer hanger from Root: "Rooty just left a message on the hanger which said 'Do it your way’.

"It was a handwritten note – not very well written – and I wasn't really expecting it.

"It was a really nice message to receive and nice for Joe to think about me doing it for the first time.

"There’s been a lot of opinions flying around but that was a really nice thought."