Jimmy Anderson to miss third Sri Lanka Test in with Stuart Broad to step up

James Anderson will miss the third Test in Colombo to be replaced by Stuart Broad.

England are taking the chance to rotate their senior bowlers with the series already wrapped up 2-0 with one game left to play.

Anderson went wicketless in Pallekele on a pitch suited to the spinners who took 19 of the 20 wickets with Ben Stokes getting a run out too.

And the veteran bowler with 565 Test scalps has admitted to his frustrations at the difficult conditions that have made him virtually redundant and a ‘spare part.’

Anderson said: “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.

“I feel like a bit of a spare part but I think that’s just the nature of playing cricket here. The wickets that we’ve had have obviously been very suitable for the spin bowlers so it’s frustrating in a way for me not to have as much influence as I would have liked or have done in games elsewhere in the world, but that just the nature of playing out here.

“As frustrating as it’s been for me personally it’s been brilliant to be a part of such a great series for the team."

Broad missed both matches with Sam Curran preferred as the second seamer, and both Curran and Anderson have played important roles with the bat.

But with a Test series to come in the Caribbean in the new year ahead of a massive Ashes summer, the chance to give Broad some meaningful cricket is one England wanted to take.

Anderson added: "It’s an opportunity to rotate with the series sewn up.

“Going to the West Indies as well and with a view to that I think the feeling is they want Broady to get some Test cricket under his belt. So it’s going to be a week off for me."

It might not be the worst pitch for Anderson to take breather on either, with early reports suggesting it will be a slow turner, ideal for batting in the first innings at least.

Broad made his Test debut at the SSC in Colombo back in 2007 on a batsman’s paradise where Mahela Jayawardene score 195 as the fresh faced bowler took 1-95 from 36 energy sapping overs.

"I’m sure Broady is delighted," smiled Anderson. "He’ll just go out there and enjoy himself.

"You don’t want to miss a Test – I never like it – but I understand the reasoning behind it."

Despite not taking many scalps Anderson was full of praise for England’s efforts in Sri Lanka as part of a winning team out here for the first time in his career.

“It’s been right up there, a real big stepping stone for us as a team,” he added.

“We’ve been good in parts over the past 18 months but a bit inconsistent, I think the improvements we’ve made and continue to make have really shown this trip.

“I certainly feel like in the past previous teams might not have played as positively as we have with the bat. The message from Joe has been go out and play your way and I think that’s why we’re 2-0 up.”

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