The Ashes Series is on the threshold and both England and Australia are busy in formidable makeover of their teams. At the latest, England announced James Anderson as the team’s vice-captain for the series. Anderson is the senior pace bowler of the team. The inclusion of Anderson is a sign of Ben Stokes being suspended from the tournament. Previously, Andrew Struss, ECB Director appealed the police department to state a clarity on Stokes’ case. The allrounder is provisionally suspended from the team due to that night club ruckus in Bristol. The case still under investigation.
James Anderson is one of the most experienced player in the team. The upcoming team will be the fourth tour of the player to Australia. The decision to appoint Anderson as the vice-captain came up after discussions with both Alastair Cook and Stuart Board. The bowler thinks he is responsible as a senior player of the team regardless of official designation. He said, his “responsibility as a senior player is to bring experience to the group.” The player also took Cook and Board in the loop as the veteran players of the squad. The present England team has many players who has not played the series before and there are some who did not even play in the continent.
The England team is already stricken with injury issues ahead of the actual Ashes series. Moeen Ali, Steven Finn and Jake Ball are dropped from the matches due to injury. Ali is rested due to side strain, Finn has a torn cartilage and Ball injured his right ankle. Although, Ali is expected to join the team, the latter two might miss the tournament completely. Also, the team lost players like Mark Wood and Toby Roland Jones ahead of the tour. Against such backdrop, the inclusion of James Anderson as the vice-captain came out as a positive stride for the team.