Sunday 12 June 2011 

Anderson Returns For The Rose Bowl Test

Anderson Returns For The Rose Bowl Test
Anderson Returns For The Rose Bowl Test
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James Anderson has returned to England's squad for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at The Rose Bowl.

Anderson missed the second Test and was unable to bowl in the second innings of the first due to a side strain but he comes back into the squad in place of Jade Dernbach for the game which begins on Thursday 16th June.

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"Jimmy Anderson is the leader of our bowling attack so clearly he will be a significant inclusion should he get through Lancashire's Friends Life Twenty20 match against Worcestershire unscathed," national selector Geoff Miller said.

"Side strains can be particularly troublesome for bowlers but given Jimmy's injury was a grade one strain and therefore a low grade injury, he is expected to be fit for selection. A period of rest and recovery has certainly been beneficial and we obviously wouldn't include Jimmy in the squad if the medical staff weren't confident of his fitness."

If England continue to field four specialist bowlers, then with Anderson likely to return to the side, one of Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and Chris Tremlett will miss out.

England lead  the series 1-0 following an innings-and-14 run win in Cardiff and a draw at Lord's.

England 3rd Test squad: Andrew Strauss (captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Matthew Prior, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan Trott

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