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England rest Anderson for third Test

Alan Gardner
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James Anderson has been rested after suffering a minor quad injury during the second Test © Getty Images
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England have omitted James Anderson from their squad for the third Test against West Indies, which starts on Thursday. With the series already won, Anderson, the leader of the England bowling attack, has been rested in order to keep him fresh for the rest of the summer. His new-ball partner, Stuart Broad, has been included in an otherwise unchanged 12-man squad.

Broad could also be told to put his feet up, with Steven Finn and Graham Onions available to step in as seam-bowling cover. Broad, who is England's T20I captain, missed England's second Test in Sri Lanka in April as well as a planned stint in the IPL with a calf injury.

Geoff Miller, the national selector, said: "We have been made to work hard for our two victories so far and are delighted to have secured the series, however we know that we will need to continue to play some good cricket if we want a third win against the West Indies this week.

"James Anderson will miss this 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 are 2-0 up in the three-Test series and had been widely expected to rest at least one member of the pace attack. Finn stood in for Broad in Sri Lanka in April, taking three wickets as England squared the series, and also replaced Anderson against the same opposition at Lord's last year. A side strain ruled Anderson out of that match - the only Test he has missed since being rested for the 2010 tour of Bangladesh.

Onions, who last played for England more than two years ago before suffering a career-threatening back injury, is also included and, if England decide to rest Broad as well, may get to resume a Test career that left off with two memorable rearguard batting actions during the drawn series in South Africa in 2010. Onions claimed career-best first-class figures on Saturday, with an 11-wicket haul in Durham's defeat by Lancashire, and only Andre Adams has more than his 34 Championship scalps so far this season.

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 Onions

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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