Strauss defends Anderson absence

England's aim is to make sure Anderson is fully fit for the upcoming Test series against South Africa, where they will put their world number one ranking on the line.

updated: June 06, 2012 18:42 IST
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Birmingham, England: England captain Andrew Strauss has insisted resting James Anderson from the third Test against the West Indies will enable the strike bowler to play more international cricket in the long-run.

England, 2-0 up in the three-match series, have decided now is the time to give Anderson a break with a packed schedule in front of them, and reserve seamers Steven Finn and Graham Onions eager for action.

Anderson, however, has made clear his unhappiness at being rested for the third Test, which starts at Edgbaston here on Thursday.

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