James An­der­son named Eng­land’s vice-cap­tain

The Free Press Journal - - SPORTS - AFP

Eng­land's record bowler James An­der­son was named as vice-cap­tain for the Ashes se­ries against Aus­tralia on Fri­day, re­plac­ing Ben Stokes who is sus­pended and un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion over a night­club brawl.

An­der­son, 35, who has 506 Test wick­ets, was pro­moted as un­der­study to cap­tain Joe Root ahead of fel­low paceman Stu­art Broad and exskip­per Alas­tair Cook. Coach Trevor Bayliss pre­vi­ously said he was plan­ning for an Ashes se­ries with­out Stokes, who is run­ning out of time ahead of the first Test in Bris­bane from Novem­ber 23.

Stokes re­mains at home await­ing the out­come of a po­lice probe into his in­volve­ment in the brawl out­side a Bris­tol night­club on Septem­ber 25. Lan­cashire bowl­ing great An­der­son is em­bark­ing on his fourth Test tour of Aus­tralia, and he looks likely to play a key role as Eng­land's bowlers hit in­jury prob­lems.

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