Stokes will become the 81st player to captain England’s Test team on Wednesday when the three-match series against Windies starts at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
The 29-year-old is standing in for the absent Root, who left England’s training bubble last week to attend the birth of his second child.
Before leaving the Ageas Bowl, Root – who is expected to be back for the second match at Old Trafford – left a note on Stokes’ captain’s blazer which read: “Do it your way”.
‘I haven’t been given much advice, although there’s been a lot of opinions flying around,’ Stokes said on Tuesday.
‘The best message I’ve received was when I got my photos done yesterday, with the blazer.
‘Rooty just left a message on the hanger which said, “Do it your way”.’
Root was forced to leave England’s bio-secure bubble in Southampton and return to Sheffield to be with his wife, Carrie, who is expecting their second child.
While Stokes is aware Root could be distracted by more important issues over the next week, he says he knows he will be able to lean on his England team-mate for advice and support
He added: ‘I’m going to be very open to opinions from other people and just because Joe isn’t here, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to use him.
‘Joe has always been very open and willing to hear advice from other players so I think I would be stupid to go away from that.
‘We’ve got so much experience in this team that it would be silly not to lean on that if I feel as if I need some advice.
‘Because of Joe’s personal situation, we’ve been letting him deal with that and I haven’t been on him too much.
‘But I know he’ll be at home watching and his phone will always be available if I need him.’
This week, Stokes also admitted he was ‘hugely proud’ at having the opportunity to captain England, even if it is a one-off.
‘It will be a special day for me, as I will be leading the team out for the first time with Joe Root unavailable, and there is huge pride there, but my focus is on the job, not on the bells and whistles,’ he wrote in a column for Mirror Sport.
‘This is a one-off Test for me being captain and I want to do the best I can, which means staying true to myself and just being me.
‘I’m not thinking too much about speeches or anything like that. If I’ve got something to say, I’ll say it.
‘The fact is the West Indies have the bragging rights and the Wisden Trophy from the last series and we want both back.’
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