James Anderson left out of England squad for third Test against West Indies

Fast bowler James Anderson has been left out of the 12-man squad to face West Indies in the third test at Edgbaston starting on Thursday.

Anderson is the only omission from the squad selected for the two previous encounters of the series.

Anderson received treatment during the course of the second Test for a minor quad problem and it has been decided missing the final clash will give the 29-year-old an opportunity to overcome several minor injuries.

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, 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.

“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.”

England won the second Test by nine wickets at Trent Bridge to move into an unassailable lead having emerged victorious the first game at Lord’s by five wickets.

England are due to play West Indies in three ODIs and a T20 international after the Tests, followed by a five-match ODI series against Australia, starting at the end of June.

England squad: Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Graham Onion.

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