Daily Mail UK – England have decided to retain James Anderson as vice-captain instead of handing the role back to Ben Stokes for two Tests against New Zealand.
- England have decided to retain James Anderson as vice-captain instead of handing the role back to Ben Stokes for two Tests against New Zealand.
- Stokes learned on Monday, after a hearing at Bristol Crown Court, that he will face trial in August on a charge of affray alongside two other men, and the next day England announced Anderson will once again be Joe Root’s deputy for a two-match campaign which starts in Auckland next week.
- Speaking after England’s practice session in Hamilton, for two warm-up matches over the next four days, Anderson told BBC Test Match Special: “I’m delighted Joe has asked me to do it again for this series.”
- Anderson is the elder statesman of an England attack which he and Stuart Broad have led for much of the past decade.
- After it emerged that Stokes is set to miss next summer’s showpiece Lord’s Test against India because of a clash with his trial date, it appears likely Anderson will be re-engaged again as vice-captain once back home.