Anderson handed England vice-captain's role

Anderson - England vice-captain
Anderson - England vice-captain
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James Anderson will serve as Joe Root's vice-captain on their Ashes tour, the England camp have confirmed.

Anderson, nicknamed The Burnley Express, fills the vacancy left by Ben Stokes' current unavailability, as the all-rounder waits at home to discover whether he will be charged after being arrested in September on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

England's all-time leading wicket-taker was one of a clutch of obvious candidates, also including his fellow seamer Stuart Broad and former captain Alastair Cook.

Anderson spoke earlier this week about the possibility of becoming vice-captain, confirming he would not rule himself out if asked but adding too that he does not see the role as a critical one - with so many experienced players on hand to help Root.

Asked on Monday if he would say no to the vice-captaincy, the Lancashire fast bowler said: "Of course not, I wouldn't."

At 35, with 506 Test wickets to his name, he has evolved into one of the captain's go-to tactical advisers on the pitch - and it is a responsibility he relishes.

"In the last couple of years, I've seen my role in the team as a leader,'' he added.

''With young bowlers coming into the team, I've tried to help out as much as I can... I think it's important Joe has people he can rely upon."