James Anderson will be rested for England’s third Test with Sri Lanka in Colombo as Stuart Broad replaces him
- Anderson set to sit out the third Test between England and Sri Lanka in Colombo
- His new ball partner Stuart Broad will replace him having not played so far
- The last time Anderson, 36, was rested for a Test match was back in 2012
- England won the first two Tests in Galle and Pallekele to secure series win
James Anderson will be rested for England’s third Test with Sri Lanka in Colombo with Stuart Broad taking his place.
The fast bowler has taken just one wicket in the first two Tests – both won by England – with conditions friendly for spinners.
With the best-of-three series already secured, England will rest Anderson for the match starting on Friday and bring in his new ball partner Broad instead for his first appearance in this Test series.
James Anderson will be rested for England’s third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo
Stuart Broad will come into the England side for his first appearance in the Sri Lanka series
Anderson celebrates with captain Joe Root after England secure the series win in Pallekele
It is the first time Anderson, 36, has been rested for a Test since 2012.
‘I’m not playing this game, Broady is going to play instead of me,’ he said.
‘The thinking is with the series sewn up it’s an opportunity to rotate.’