England all-rounder Ben Stokes who has recently rejoined England’s national team in ODI series against New Zealand, will not be England’s vice-captain in the two tests against New Zealand. Fast bowler James Anderson will be Joe Root’s deputy in the test series.
Ben Stokes was given the charge of England’s vice-captain when Joe Root was handed over the role of captaincy in February last year. However, James Anderson acted as the vice-captain of England in Ashes as Ben Stokes was found guilty in his brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol in September last year.
James Anderson is delighted to be vice-captain again
As Ben Stokes is not chosen as the vice-captain, fast bowler James Anderson will be Joe Root’s deputy in the upcoming test series. As per his chat with BBC Test match special, Anderson is delighted with the responsibility. “I’m delighted Joe has asked me to do it again for this series. Being a vice-captain doesn’t make me behave any differently in the dressing-room or on the field. It doesn’t change my role in the team a huge amount. I see myself as a senior player and I’m there for people if they need advice”, says James Anderson who is leading wicket-taker for England in test matches.
I know my job for the team, adds Anderson
Speaking further, the fast bowler says as a bowler it is his job to help other bowlers in the team. “Certainly, if Joe needs help on the field, I’m there for him. I know what my job is for the team – I’ve got to take wickets with that new ball, create pressure during the middle periods as well, try to take wickets, and help the other bowlers out as well. It’s a big group effort when we go on the field, so it’s important that we get that right. Again in the dressing room, it’s trying to get people relaxed and ready to play Test cricket,” further adds James Anderson who has taken 523 wickets for England in test format.
Ben Stokes to miss the second test against India
Ben Stokes appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court last month for his Bristol case before flying out to New Zealand, from where he pleaded not guilty to a charge of affray to Bristol Crown Court via video link on Monday.
Stokes returned to the England team when he was released on bail. Since his exclusion in September, Ben Stokes made his first appearance for the national team when he played 5-match ODI series against New Zealand that England won 3-2.