James Anderson would happily accept the vice-captaincy for the Ashes tour if offered it.
With Ben Stokes, England’s official vice-captain, currently unavailable, Joe Root has confirmed he will name a deputy for the Ashes series in the next few days. That vice-captain will be expected to captain the team should Root be injured at any stage during the series.
Alastair Cook, who has captained England in more Tests than anyone, remains the most likely choice. But Anderson and, perhaps Stuart Broad – who used to be England’s T20 captain – are also sure to be considered. And while England may be reluctant to give the role to a seam bowler for fear that injury should cause further complications, Anderson feels he has long held a leadership role within the team.
“Of course I wouldn’t turn it down,” Anderson said. “In the last couple of years, I’ve seen my role in the team as a leader. It’s kind…