LONDON, England (CMC) – England’s selectors have rested swing bowler James Anderson for the final Test against West Indies, starting Thursday in Birmingham.
The 29-year-old has been the spearhead of the hosts’ fast bowling attack and pouched nine wickets in the first two Tests of the series.
Chief selector Geoff Miller said the move was geared towards keeping Anderson fit for England’s busy summer schedule, which involves a tough series against South Africa.
“We have been made to work hard for our two victories so far and are delighted to have secured the series, but we know that we will need to continue to play some good cricket if we want a third win against West Indies this week,” Miller said.
“James Anderson will miss this Investec 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.”
The decision was also taken after Anderson picked up a minor muscle strain during the second Test at Trent Bridge last week and had to receive treatment.
He will now use the time off to deal with several other small niggles he has been carrying.
England have already retained the Wisden Trophy after beating West Indies by five wickets in the first Test at Lord’s and following up with a nine-wicket victory inside four days at Trent Bridge.