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James Anderson out of final Test against India in Chennai

James Anderson (right) will miss the final Test of the series for England
James Anderson (right) will miss the final Test of the series for England
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England pace spearhead James Anderson has been ruled out of the fifth and final Test against India in Chennai with a 'body soreness'.

The 34-year-old made a comeback in the second Test of the series in Visakhapatnam after a three-month lay-off with a shoulder injury and has picked four wickets in three games since then.

However, England captain Alastair Cook revealed that the team will take no chance with their leading wicket-taker considering the series has already been lost.

Cook also confirmed that Stuart Broad, who is recovering from a foot injury which he sustained in the second game has made substantial progress and a final call on his selection will be taken before the game.

"Unfortunately, Jimmy is ruled out. He's picked up some body soreness from the last game and he's not going to be risked in this game," Cook said.

"Obviously we'll make a decision on Broady after this training session. We can't do a huge amount of a net stuff, but we're going to do some fielding and a run around to get ourselves going. We'll pick the team from there.

"It's just not worth the risk with him (Anderson), especially over the past six months or so. When he's been in this situation and we've played him, he's picked up niggles and injuries.

"This doesn't seem the right time to play him. He is sore from the previous game and we don't see as a management group it's worth taking a risk.

"Could he get through? Yes, he possibly could get through. But recently over the last six months, unfortunately when we've played him here, he's picked up an injury from it. It doesn't seem worth the risk in this game.

"Broady is fit and has a chance. He bowled at a local ground on Wednesday. It's great to have him back," added Cook.

With wins in Visakhapatnam, Mohali and Mumbai, India have already claimed the series 3-0.

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