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Ian Bell might become England vice-captain by seniority: Report

Ian Bell has impressed most observers with his tactical acumen when leading his County cricket club Warwickshire © Getty Images
Ian Bell has impressed most observers with his tactical acumen when leading his County cricket club Warwickshire © Getty Images

London: Jun 8, 2014

England batsman Ian Bell might be given the nod to be the Test team’s vice-captain on the Buggins’s turn principle, which deploys the practice of appointing on the basis of seniority rather than merit.

With the England vice-captaincy position been filled in the past by Stuart Broad and Matt Prior, Bell and James Anderson are the two other senior players left who could conceivably be captain Alastair Cook’s deputy in an emergency.

According to The Independent, despite Anderson having expressed leadership ambitions in the past, Bell has impressed most observers with his tactical acumen when leading his County cricket club Warwickshire.

However, if Anderson misses out this time, his chance might well come in the future as neither Broad nor Prior is likely to be considered for the role when selectors finally get round to deciding on it, the report added.

Broad was dropped from the role after he kept getting injured and then briefly lost his place in the England setup. Prior was England’s vice-captain for the Ashes 2013-14 tour to Australia.

But the wicketkeeper-batsman was dropped from the side for the final two matches. He was recalled for the series against Sri Lanka starting on June 12 at Lord’s. It does seem unlikely that the selectors would immediately give him additional responsibility.

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