Jimmy hurt by captaincy snub

FAST bowler James Anderson has revealed his heartache at being overlooked for the England vice-captaincy and admitted his desire to one day take the reigns fromAndrew Strauss.<br /><br />The Lancashire seamer said he was devastated to be shunned as a potential No2 to Strauss for the forthcoming tour of South Africa with opening batsman Alastair Cook given the nod instead despite being less experienced and three years younger at 24.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m gutted that I didn&rsquo;t get the vice-captaincy actually,&rdquo;Anderson admitted. &ldquo;It wasn&rsquo;t even mentioned to me, but I&rsquo;d like the chance one day. I&rsquo;ve been a captain in junior cricket in years gone by.&rdquo;<br /><br />The majority of England&rsquo;s 78 skippers so far have been batsmen and should Anderson take the reins in a Test match, he would become the first all-out fast bowler to lead the side since Bob Willis 25 years ago.<br /><br />But Anderson, who has taken 140 scalps in 42 Tests, admits his dream to become captain is now unlikely to be realised.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s something I&rsquo;d like to do &ndash; to be captain. But as a fast bowler, and from the north as well, I suppose I&rsquo;m very unlikely to get a look-in,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />The Burnley-born pace man played a key role in England&rsquo;s stunning Ashes triumph this summer and Strauss will be looking for a repeat performance from his first-choice bowling option when England fly out out to South Africa next month.