England Rests Anderson for 3rd Cricket Test Against West Indies

England omitted bowler James Anderson from its squad for the third cricket Test against the West Indies, opting to “manage his workload” with a series victory already assured.

Steven Finn or Graham Onions will replace Anderson, who is No. 3 in the International Cricket Council’s Test bowler rankings, for the match at Edgbaston in Birmingham starting June 7.

Anderson was left out “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,” national selector Geoff Miller said in a statement on the England & Wales Cricket Board’s website.

England has an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series following a five-wicket win in the first Test and a nine-wicket victory in the second.

It will also play three one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match against the West Indies, before a five-match one-day series with Australia. England then faces South Africa in three Tests starting July 19, with five one-day games and three Twenty20 matches.

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