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Andrew Strauss: Anderson understands decision

Posted on 07/06/2012 in Cricket

Andrew Strauss insists that James Anderson understands the need to for rotation in the modern Test match arena and does not harbour any resentment after he was rested.

The Lancashire seamer will not take any part in the third Test against the West Indies which begins at Edgbaston today (June 7th).

England selectors state the decision to rest Anderson – the joint second-best bowler in the world at the moment – was taken with the Test series with South Africa in mind, in which the top two ranked teams will battle it out for the number one spot.

However, Strauss empathises to a degree with Anderson's disappointment.

"That's understandable, players want to play every game.

"But you can't have both sides of the coin; you can't play every game and yet still be fresh enough to play to your highest capacity in every game and also to avoid injury," said the England captain.

With Anderson on the sidelines it is thought that Stephen Finn or Graeme Onions will take his place in the team as England look to complete a whitewash over the Windies.