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England rest Anderson for final Test against Sri Lanka
England tour of Sri Lanka

England rest Anderson for final Test against Sri Lanka

England have rested their star fast bowler James Anderson for the final Test against Sri Lanka in order to give match practice to fellow paceman Stuart Broad.

"Yes I'm not playing this game, Broady's going," Anderson said Wednesday, expressing frustration over a tour in which he has taken just one wicket in two Test matches.

The record-breaking fast bowler said that while Broad was "delighted" at getting a chance he was feeling like a "spare part".

"I think the feeling is they want Broady to get some Test cricket under his belt. 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."

England bagged their first away series win since beating South Africa in 2015-16 on Sunday in Kandy.

And Anderson said he was excited to be a part of squad that has played so well away from home.

The veteran seamer said the tour under captain Joe Root had been "a real big stepping stone for us as a team."

"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."

Anderson also praised the performances of stand-in wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings as well as England's spin trio Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Jack Leach.

He also spoke about Root’s message of playing positive cricket and taking the attacking option instead of sitting back.

"The message from Joe is to go out, be confident. We've played positively, tried to take the attacking option and I think that's why we're 2-0 up."