Ashes 2017: England pacer James Anderson says he is open to replacing Ben Stokes as vice-captain for the series

Anderson said he already fulfils a leadership role in the team with support from former skipper Alastair Cook and fast bowler Stuart Broad.

AFP, November 06, 2017

Adelaide: Veteran pace spearhead James Anderson on Monday said he was open to replacing suspended Ben Stokes as England vice-captain for the coming Ashes Test series.

Joe Root's squad left home without their usual deputy skipper who is awaiting the outcome of a police probe into his involvement in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub on 25 September.

File picture of James Anderson(L). AFP

File image of James Anderson(L). AFP

The England and Wales Cricket Board have not yet ruled him out of the series, which starts with the first Test in Brisbane on 23 November.

Anderson told reporters assuming the vice-captaincy was "not something I have really thought about to be honest".

But when questioned on whether he would decline if asked to fill the role, he replied: "Of course not, I wouldn't."

"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 and help out where I can," Anderson added.

The 35-year-old, who is England's all-time leading wicket-taker with 506 in 129 Tests, said he already fulfils a leadership role 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," he 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."

Anderson captured four for 37 in his first bowling stint of the tour against a Western Australian XI in Perth over the weekend.

He said he didn't have much rhythm or swing with the new ball.

"But I felt I got better as the day wore on and I think most of the bowlers would say the same," he added.

England arrived in Adelaide on Monday for a four-day day-night tour game starting on Wednesday against a Cricket Australia XI.

The match offers them the chance to familiarise themselves with the conditions ahead of the day-night second Test — the first Ashes game to be played under lights.

Updated Date: Nov 06, 2017

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Hyderabad
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2
Chennai
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3
Kolkata
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4
Rajasthan
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Mumbai
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Bangalore
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114