England head coach Trevor Bayliss has admitted that no decision has been made on who will be the vice-captain for the upcoming Test series with New Zealand, Sky Sports report.
Stokes missed all of the Ashes series in Australia, while he waited to find out back home if he would be charged over an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.
In the all-rounder’s absence, captain Joe Root was assisted by veteran swing bowler James Anderson, where England lost the series 4-0.
Since then, Stokes has been cleared by the authorities and has returned to the England setup, participating in England’s 3-2 ODI series win over the Blackcaps.
When asked about the upcoming Test series and who will take on the role of vice-captain, Bayliss said:
He was named as vice-captain because of his knowledge of the game and what he means to the team. But I thought Jimmy Anderson did a pretty good job during that Ashes series. I haven’t spoken to Andrew Strauss and Tom Harrison about it. But Joe and I would have a chat about it first.
The first Test will take place in Auckland on March 22, and with both Stokes and Anderson set to be a part of the 11, it is still unclear to who will assist Root in captaincy duties.