Colombo: England fast bowler James Anderson said on Wednesday that he has been left out of the final Test against Sri Lanka to give match practice to fellow paceman Stuart Broad.
"Yes I'm not playing this game, Broady's going," Anderson said ahead of the dead-rubber final Test of the three-match series when the visitors will be gunning for a 3-0 whitewash.
"The thinking is that with the series sewn up it's an opportunity to rotate.
"Going to the West Indies as well (in January) and with a view to that I think the feeling is they want Broady to get some Test cricket under his belt," said Anderson, 36.
"So it's going to be a week off. It's been a frustrating trip for me really because you want to contribute to the wins. But I feel like I've tried my best but it's not really been a series for the seamers," he added.
Anderson has taken just one wicket over two Tests that have seen the spinners dominate.
England wrapped up the series — a first away series win since beating South Africa in 2015-16 — on Sunday in Kandy, in a closer contest than their first Test trouncing of the hosts in Galle.
The final Test begins in Colombo on Friday.
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Broad thought he had Devon Conway caught low in the slips by Zak Crawley for 22 on Friday's second day at Edgbaston.
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England just avoided the humiliation of a defeat inside three days after reaching stumps on 122-9, a slender lead of 37 runs with a lone wicket standing.