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Anderson rested as Broad and Bairstow return

21st November 2018, 17:32 by Craig Smithson

Stuart Broad and Jonny Bairstow are back in the England side for the third Test against Sri Lanka with James Anderson being rested.

The 36-year-old Anderson has only taken one wicket in 41 overs on the spinner-friendly pitches in the opening two Tests, which England won to take an unassailable 2-0 lead into the third and final head-to-head, which gets under way in Colombo from Friday.

Indeed, with the side's spinners accounting for all 20 wickets in the second Test victory in Kandy, Anderson admitted to feeling like a "spare part".

Therefore, he will get a chance to rest while fellow paceman Broad comes in for his first appearance of the tour.

Anderson said on BBC Sport: "With the winter we have ahead it makes sense for Stuart to get some cricket.

"We have what will be a tough tour in the West Indies and it could be a long period without him bowling.

"To have a game under his belt is good for him and for the team."

Meanwhile, Bairstow will come in for his first appearance after recovering from an ankle injury and he will replace all-rounder Sam Curran who has picked up a side strain.

However, the 29-year-old will be used solely as a number three batsman with Ben Foakes continuing as wicketkeeper following his impressive displays in the opening two Test matches.

Sri Lanka will again be without injured captain Dinesh Chandimal, while spinner Akila Dananjaya also misses out because he continues to have his bowling action investigated.

In one other change, uncapped all-rounder Charith Asalanka is replaced in the squad by top-order batsman Dhanushka Gunathilake.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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