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.