England appoint James Anderson as vice-captain for Ashes

James Anderson recently became leading wicket-taker for England in Tests
James Anderson recently became leading wicket-taker for England in Tests
©REUTERS
 

England have appointed senior fast bowler James Anderson as the vice-captain for the upcoming Ashes series against Australia.

The 35-year-old has replaced Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes, whose participation in the series is in doubt due to the ongoing police investigation for his involvement in an incident in Bristol in September.

Anderson, who recently became the leading wicket-taker for England in Test cricket is looking forward to the responsibility of assisting skipper Joe Root on what will be a gruelling five-match series against Australia.

"It's a really nice thing for Joe to ask me to do," Anderson told to Sky Sports News.

"I don't think it really changes my role in the team. As a senior player I've always felt I've got a responsibility to try and help out other guys.

"Myself, Stuart [Broad] and Alastair [Cook], who have been here before and had success here before, we play an important role on this trip so I don't see it changing my role too much."

England, who registered an emphatic 192-run victory over Cricket Australia XI in the warm-up game in Adelaide will once again lock horns with them on 15th November in Townsville before the first Test in Brisbane.

© Cricket World 2017