Cricket: Anderson named England’s vice-captain for Ashes series

Written by on November 10, 2017

England have confirmed seamer James Anderson will act as Joe Root’s vice-captain during the Ashes series.

Anderson has been named to replace the suspended Ben Stokes, who did not travel with the rest of the squad while an investigation surrounding his September arrest in Bristol continues.

The decision casts further doubt over whether Stokes will be able to link up with the squad in Australia while he waits to find out if he will face any police charges.

The 35-year-old is playing in his fourth Test tour of Australia, with the first Test match beginning in 13 days’ time at the Gabba in Brisbane.

Anderson and Broad are expected to lead the England attack for the five-match Test series, with England head coach Trevor Bayliss already coping with the loss of Steven Finn from the tour after the Middlesex bowler tore the cartilage in his left knee ahead of the opening warm-up game.

Surrey all-rounder Tom Curran has been drafted into the squad, while all-rounder Moeen Ali continues to recover from a side strain injury.

In our latest Ashes on the Brain column, David Gower explains why the Ashes is ‘extra special’ and the buzz on the morning of the first Test…

England are aiming to retain the Ashes after winning on home soil in 2015, but they suffered a whitewash on their last visit to Australia in 2013-14.

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