James Anderson keen to make most of pink-ball chance

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Anderson has also stressed he is willing to step up as Root's vice-captain should Ben Stokes, who now holds the position, fail to feature this winter after his arrest following a brawl on the streets of Bristol.

He had to work hard for his four for 27 in the drawn two-day fixture against a Western Australia XI which finished on Sunday, b ut is hoping for more assistance under lights in the second match of England's campaign.

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But when questioned on whether he would decline if asked to fill the role, he replied: "Of course not, I wouldn't".

He added: "The game I played in England and the couple of Test matches at the Adelaide Oval, the actual spectacle looks fantastic, especially when you get a full crowd".

'It's not something I've thought about.

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"My responsibility as a senior player now is to bring experience to the group", he said.

Joe Root's side will play two more tour matches before the first Test starts in Brisbane on November 23 and Anderson has urged the team to be prepared for the opener. Myself, Alastair, Stuart Broad all bring experience to the group and our job is to help out where we can.

The uncertainty surrounding the fate of the suspended all-rounder Ben Stokes is hampering England's preparations for the upcoming Ashes series in Australia, Andrew Strauss has said. "So we tried to tap into them for as much information as we could", claimed James Anderson according to cricket.com.au.

"We've played one pink-ball Test match in England but not with the Kookaburra, so having the chance to come over here and practice with that and play a first-class game is important for us". It's kind of your responsibility to be a leader'.

"We've played one pink-ball Test in England but not with a Kookaburra", he said.

"I guess that's part of the game, trying to find out if the ball does swing and especially what time of day it does it, so it's really useful practice for us".



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