James Anderson will continue in his role as England’s vice-captain for the two Test matches in New Zealand, despite Ben Stokes returning to the side.

Anderson was the vice-captain on the recent Ashes tour of Australia as Stokes missed the trip due to his arrest after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub last September.

The Durham all-rounder has since been charged with affray, a charge he has pleaded not guilty to, and he is set to appear in court in early August for his trial.

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35–year-old Anderson, who is England’s all-time leading Test wicket taker, will continue in his role of being Joe Root’s right-hand man for the two match series against the Black Caps.

Stokes has been named in the squad and is almost certain to play in both matches, but he’ll do so without the responsibility, or the honour, of being the vice-captain of the side.

England’s first Test against New Zealand gets underway in Auckland on March 22nd.