James Anderson ready to step in and replace Ben Stokes as England's Test vice-captain

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Anderson claimed four wickets in England's opening warm-up clash (Source: Getty)

England seamer James Anderson insists he would gladly accept the position of Test vice-captain should the role be offered to him in the continued absence of all-rounder Ben Stokes.

Skipper Joe Root indicated last week that an announcement on his deputy was imminent with Stokes still at home as he waits to see whether he will face any charges following his arrest in September.

The 26-year-old was detained by Avon and Somerset Police on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub. He was released without charge pending further investigations and suspended from international duty.

Anderson, who is England’s leading Test wicket-taker with 506 victims, is a candidate to be Root’s No2, as is the Yorkshireman’s predecessor Alastair Cook and former Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad.

Asked if he would rule himself out, Anderson, 35, said: “Of course not, I wouldn’t. [But] it’s not something I’ve thought about. My responsibility as a senior player is to bring experience to the group.

“Myself, Alastair and Stuart Broad all bring experience to the group and our job is to try and help out where we can. There are a lot of players on this tour who have not played in an Ashes series before and not toured Australia before, so our job is to try and help as much as we can.”

England begin their second warm-up clash tomorrow in a day-night pink-ball tussle against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide. England are set to play the inaugural day-night Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval in December.

The tourists started their Ashes tour with a two-day warm-up game against a Western Australia XI in Perth over the weekend, during which Anderson claimed four wickets.

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