James Anderson to miss last Ashes test of the summer

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England paceman James Anderson has been ruled out of the fifth Ashes Test due to the side strain he sustained in the third test last month, reports BBC Sport.

The Lancashire swing bowler was hoping to make his return before the end of the successful Ashes campaign, but instead of rushing him back the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have opted to rest him until the tour to the UAE where the side face Pakistan.

Anderson, who is England’s leading wicket taker of all time, has ambitions of extending his test cricket career for as long as possible, and the only way of doing that is by holding off on a return until he is fully fit.


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Captain Alistair Cook revealed that Anderson was bowling at about 60-70% of his usual speed, meaning it would not be worth rushing him back for the upcoming match considering the series has already been won.

Anderson being unavailable means that Mark Wood is likely to keep his place in an unchanged lineup, with Adam Lyth set to remain opener despite recording just 86 runs in his eight innings so far - without a big score, this could well be his last test.

In Cook’s press conference ahead of Thursday’s fifth and final test of the summer, at the Kia Oval, he revealed that Adil Rashid is likely to make his test debut in the forthcoming series in Abu Dhabi.

“Clearly Adil has been with us for every squad but the pitches haven't quite suited two spinners," he said.

"Adil will have to wait his chance but as a cricketer he's really improving and he feels a lot more comfortable in the England set-up and he'll probably get his chance in Abu Dhabi.

Australian captain Michael Clarke also spoke to the media ahead of his last test match for his country, and revealed that Pat Cummins may replace Josh Hazlewood to make only his second test cap.

He also admitted that the end of this series will bring with it the biggest change for Cricket Australia since the 2006/07 series.

"It is going to be a big change, but I think that's exciting for Australian cricket," he said.

"I think I've always said there's a lot of talent whether it be in this group or back playing first-class cricket and now we've just got to turn that talent into consistent performance.

“So, you know, guys have been waiting for their opportunity and now they are going to get it.

"We can't win this series but a lot of the guys are going to come back here in four years so it's important for them to try and get another win under our belt.”

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