Anderson rested for dead rubber
James Anderson's expected omission from England's third Investec Test squad has been confirmed as he was rested ahead of a busy summer schedule.
Anderson has been an almost ever-present in the past few years but will sit out the dead rubber against West Indies at Edgbaston as England look to protect the paceman from injury.
With bigger prizes looming on the horizon, none more so than the three-Test series against South Africa, England skipper Andrew Strauss had hinted immediately after the nine-wicket series-clinching win at Trent Bridge last week that the selectors would look to rotate their seamers.
England's number one Test status will go on the line against the Proteas and, with limited-overs series against West Indies and Australia to come before then, Anderson has been put in cotton wool.
New-ball partner Stuart Broad has been included in the squad announced on Sunday morning by the England and Wales Cricket Board, although the Twenty20 skipper could yet also be rested with quicks Steven Finn and Graham Onions retained in an otherwise unchanged 12-man squad.
Newly-capped Jonny Bairstow has therefore also kept his place in an unchanged batting list, meaning Ravi Bopara again misses out after a thigh injury initially ruled him out of the first two Tests.
Anderson has missed just one of England's past 25 Tests, since he was rested from the 2010 tour of Bangladesh, and national selector Geoff Miller said his omission had been in the "best interests" of the right-armer.
"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," he 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."
England squad: AJ Strauss (captain, Middlesex), JM Bairstow (Yorkshire), IR Bell (Warwickshire), TT Bresnan (Yorkshire), SCJ Broad (Nottinghamshire), AN Cook (Essex), ST Finn (Middlesex), G Onions (Durham), KP Pietersen (Surrey), MJ Prior (wkt, Sussex), GP Swann (Nottinghamshire), IJL Trott (Warwickshire).
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