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Anderson named England vice-captain for Ashes

Anderson named England vice-captain for Ashes”

England confirmed the appointment of Anderson on Friday.

Speedster James Anderson has been named as England's Test vice-captain in absence of Ben Stokes, who will miss the series in wake of Bristol street brawl incident.

Stokes was named in England's touring party for the five-match series but is yet to arrive in Australia as he continues to be the subject of an active police investigation.

Anderson, 35, who has 506 Test wickets, is the preferred understudy to captain Joe Root ahead of fellow bowler Stuart Broad and ex-skipper Alastair Cook.

"There's probably three or four guys in the team who could do it - older guys who have plenty of experience and play that role anyway as leaders of the team", he said.

"I don't see the vice-captaincy as particularly important in cricket really". The veteran England fast bowler will take over the post for the coming Ashes series in Australia, reported the Guardian. "So our job is to try and help as much as we can".

The defending champions have received a major blow as pacer Steve Finn's name has been added to the casualty list along with Jake Ball. The pacer injured his right ankle in his delivery stride on the second day of England's tour match against the Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide.

Moeen Ali is making good progress as he returns from a side injury. Finn was ruled following a knee injury. He is expected to fit in time for England's final tour game on November 15.



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