England seamer James Anderson says he would be open to being the vice-captain on the Ashes tour if he was asked to do the job.
The tourists will need to select a new deputy for Joe Root with Ben Stokes currently still suspended pending an investigation for his involvement in a brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol.
Anderson is one of the most senior members of England’s squad and he along with fellow seamer Stuart Broad and former skipper Alastair Cook are thought to be in the running for the vice-captaincy role on tour.
The 35-year-old Anderson is his country’s leading wicket-taker in Test cricket with 506 scalps after 129 games and will be a key bowler as England look to retain the Ashes.
When asked if he would rule himself out of the vice-captaincy role, Anderson said: “Of course not, I wouldn’t. In the last couple of years, I’ve seen my role in the team as a leader.
“With young bowlers coming into the team, I’ve tried to help out as much as I can… I think it’s important Joe has people he can rely upon.
“It’s not something I’ve thought about. My responsibility as a senior player is to bring experience to the group. Myself, Alastair and Stuart Broad all (do that).
“There are a lot of players on this tour who have not played in an Ashes series before, and not toured Australia before. So our job is to try and help as much as we can.
“That’s part and parcel of our job as senior players, having played over 100 Tests. It’s kind of your responsibility to be a leader.”
England start a four-day game against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide on Wednesday as they step up their preparations ahead of the first Ashes Test at the GABBA from 23 November.