James Anderson to stay as England Test vice-captain


James Anderson
James Anderson

England have decided to retain James Anderson as vice-captain instead of handing the role back to Ben Stokes for two Tests against New Zealand starting next week.

Evergreen seamer Anderson replaced Stokes for this winter's Ashes, once it became clear the all-rounder would not be available. Stokes missed the 0-4 defeat to Australia, while he waited to discover if he would be charged over a late-night incident outside a Bristol bar last September.

He rejoined England in New Zealand only once he had indicated a not guilty plea to affray at Bristol Magistrates Court last month. Stokes learned on Monday, after a hearing at Bristol Crown Court, that he will face trial in August on a charge of affray alongside two other men.

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