Veteran pace spearhead, James Anderson is open to replace suspended Ben Stokes as England vice-captain for the upcoming Ashes Test series. While speaking to reporters, he said the post was “not something I have really thought about to be honest”, but when asked whether he would decline to fill the role if asked, he replied, “Of course not, I wouldn't.” He added, “Certainly over the past few years I have seen my role in the team as being a leader, especially with the young bowlers omcing in, I try and help out where I can.” The England and Wales Cricket Board is yet to rule him out of the series, which starts with the first Test in Brisbane on November 23.
The team's all-time leading wicket-taker, Anderson said he already fulfils the role of leadership in the team with support from former skipper Alastair Cook and fast bowler Stuart Broad. “That is part and parcel as a senior player who has played over 100 Tests, to be a leader.” Anderson said, “Myself and Stuart try and lead the bowling attack, Alastair has been captain. We have a nice leadership group. My experience as a senior player is to bring experience to the group. Myself, Alastair, Stuart Broad, all bring experience to the group and our job is to help out where we can. There's a lot of players on this tour that haven't played an Ashes series or toured Australia. Our job is to help out.” He added, “Certainly over the past few years I have seen my role in the team as being a leader, especially with the young bowlers coming in, I try an help out where I can.”