England v West Indies: James Anderson rested for final test
Seamer James Anderson is left out of the England squad for the final Test against West Indies at Edgbaston
James Anderson has been rested for the third and final Test against the West Indies at Edgbaston, which gets under way on Thursday.
Seamer Anderson suffered a slight quad problem in the second Test and has been left out of the squad as a precaution in the hope that some time off will give the 29-year-old “an opportunity to overcome several minor injuries”.
Steven Finn and Graham Onions have been added to the 12-man squad, with one of the pair likely to be added to the final XI as Anderson’s replacement.
National selector Geoff Miller said: “We have been made to work hard for our two victories so far and are delighted to have secured the series, however we know that we will need to continue to play some good cricket if we want a third win against the West Indies this week.
“James Anderson will miss this Test as we look to manage his workload ahead of a busy period of cricket this summer and beyond, a decision which is in the best interests of the team and James himself.”
England won the second Test in the three-match series by nine wickets at Trent Bridge to secure a series win having won the opener at Lord’s by five wickets.
England Test squad to face West Indies
Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, captain), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Graham Onions (Durham), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Matt Prior (Sussex, wk), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire).