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Ashes: James Anderson replaces Ben Stokes as England vice-captain

Anderson who is England's all-time leading wicket-taker with 506 in 129 Tests, will look to add experience to the team.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: November 10, 2017 16:46 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES A file image of James Anderson celebrating after a dismissal.

England pacer James Anderson has been named the Three Lions vice-captain in the absence of Ben Stokes who will miss the the Ashes series in wake of the Bristol street brawl incident. Englands highest wicket-taker in the ODI's and Test, Anderson will help Joe Root lead the Britishers to face their arch-rivals Australia in a traditional Test series of five matches.

The 35-year old earlier stated that he is open to the position of vice-captain and insisted that the pacer has held a leadership role in the team with the help of former skipper Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad.

Anderson who is England's all-time leading wicket-taker with 506 in 129 Tests, will look to add experience to the team, which is already on setback as some of the key players are missing from the squad due to injuries.

The team are already missing Stokes, Mark Wood (heel) and Toby Roland-Jones (back), and their fast-bowling stocks are being stretched.

A day before, pacer Ja ke Ball sustained an ankle sprain during a tour match against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide.

Earlier this week, Steven Finn was ruled out of the Ashes series with a knee injury and was replaced by Tom Curran.

Toby Roland-Jones is already absent from the series due to a stress fracture in his lower back.

Injury has caused most of the dependable players to miss out on the series but never the less, the two rivals will give their all in this heated series.

The Ashes series between England and Australia will begin on November 23.

(With ANI Inputs)

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