James Anderson will be rested for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka as England are rotating their senior bowlers. The Lancashire pacer, who holds the record of most wickets among fast bowlers in Test crickets, has been replaced by Stuart Broad for Colombo test begins on Friday.
The announcement came days after Anderson showed lackluster performance on the “spin-friendly” pitches in Galle and Kandy. With England already wrapped up 2-0 in the three-match Test series, Trevor Bayliss’ side will bring back Broad, who was benched in the first two Tests.
England was in search for another fast bowler as Sam Curran will be missing the final test after he sustained injury during the Kandy match. The 20-year-old all-rounder contributed his role with an astonishing 64 helping England for a 57-run victory and recorded the first series win in Sri Lanka since 2001.
Veteran Anderson, who has 565 Test wickets from 145 matches admitted the series was not meant for seamers. He will be omitted from the team for the first time since Chennai Tests in 2016.
Broad, who made his debut in Colombo 2007 Test, will be looking for some wicket opportunities in the final match ahead of the Caribbean tour in January.