Adelaide - Veteran pace spearhead James Anderson said on
Monday he was open to replacing suspended Ben Stokes as England vice-captain
for the coming Ashes Test series.
Joe Root's squad left home without their usual deputy
skipper who is awaiting the outcome of a police probe into his involvement in a
brawl outside a Bristol nightclub on September 25.
The England and Wales Cricket Board have not yet ruled him
out of the series, which starts with the first Test in Brisbane on November 23.
Anderson told reporters assuming the vice-captaincy was
"not something I have really thought about to be honest".
But when questioned on whether he would decline if asked to
fill the role, he replied: "Of course not, I wouldn't."
"Certainly over the past few years I have seen my role
in the team as being a leader, especially with the young bowlers coming in, I
try and help out where I can," Anderson added.
The 35-year-old, who is England's all-time leading
wicket-taker with 506 in 129 Tests, said he already fulfils a leadership role
in the team with support from former skipper Alastair Cook and fast bowler
"That is part and parcel as a senior player who has
played over 100 Tests, to be a leader," he said.
"Myself and Stuart try and lead the bowling attack,
Alastair has been captain. We have a nice leadership group.
"My experience as a senior player is to bring
experience to the group. Myself, Alastair, Stuart Broad all bring experience to
the group and our job is to help out where we can.
"There's a lot of players on this tour that haven't
played an Ashes series or toured Australia. Our job is to help out."
Anderson captured four for 37 in his first bowling stint of
the tour against a Western Australian XI in Perth over the weekend.
He said he didn't have much rhythm or swing with the new
"But I felt I got better as the day wore on and I think
most of the bowlers would say the same," he added.
England arrived in Adelaide on Monday for a four-day
day-night tour game starting on Wednesday against a Cricket Australia XI.
The match offers them the chance to familiarise themselves
with the conditions ahead of the day-night second Test - the first Ashes game
to be played under lights.