Ben Stokes could miss Lord's Test against India

Anderson admires New Zealand's bowling attack and pointed out they play well in their own conditions.

Ben Stokes will resume his Test career among the ranks after the England management opted to retain Jimmy Anderson as the vice-captain for the two-match series in New Zealand.

"They've seen something in what I've done so far to show there's a good worldwide career to be unlocked - so that's the kind of expectations and pressure I'm putting on myself to fulfil that".

"It's a big group effort when we go on the field, so it's important that we get that right". That's what we want to do as a team - get to a point where everyone has their say.

India will be touring England in July for a 3 T20I, 3 ODI and 5 Test series. Root has 65 caps and is part of the senior core alongside Stokes (39), Jonny Bairstow (50) and Moeen Ali (49).

England faced an embarrassing defeat against Australia by 4-0 in the Ashes series.

"It probably is one of the quieter [teams]", he said. "Being a vice-captain doesn't make me behave any differently in the dressing room or on the field". We've got areas we need to improve and we know that.

"The job for us to do in this series is to try to improve on that, and do the good things for longer periods of time". The trial is expected to last between five to seven days. "Certainly, if he needs help on the field, I'm there for him", Anderson was quoted as saying on standard.co.uk.

In 12 tests against New Zealand, Anderson's taken 52 wickets at 27.1 apiece.

Lancastrian Anderson arrives for his third test visit with 523 test wickets from his 134 matches. "I think that's the learning curve for us", he concluded.

"The next landmark for me is getting through these two tests unscathed". The first Test begins on Thursday 22 March in Auckland.

Vanessa Coleman

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