Sporting News – Ben Stokes will not retain his England vice-captaincy when he returns for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand, with James Anderson to remain in the role.

Summary

  • Ben Stokes will not retain his England vice-captaincy when he returns for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand, with James Anderson to remain in the role.
  • When Joe Root was handed the Test captaincy in February last year, Stokes was announced as his deputy.
  • However, Anderson was named as vice-captain for the Ashes tour of Australia after Stokes was charged along with two other men following an incident in Bristol in September, when he was arrested during a night out after a one-day international against West Indies.
  • Stokes appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court last month before flying out to New Zealand, and pleaded not guilty to a charge of affray to Bristol Crown Court via video link on Monday.
  • While Stokes is expected to return to Test cricket against the Black Caps, Anderson has been confirmed as Root’s deputy, with the 134-Test veteran hoping the team’s fortunes can improve after a difficult tour of Australia.


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