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England Rests Anderson for 3rd Cricket Test Against West Indies

June 3 (Bloomberg) -- 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.

To contact the reporter on this story: James Cone in London at jcone@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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