Anderson out of Chennai Test

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England fast bowler James Anderson has been ruled out of the Fifth and final Test against India in Chennai after experiencing ‘body soreness’ after the Mumbai match.

His skipper Alastair Cook contended that Anderson could probably power through the final Test but management thought it best to rest the veteran seamer.

Anderson missed the trip to Bangladesh having not sufficiently recovered from a shoulder injury sustained in the English summer.

Cook said: “It’s not worth the risk.

“When he has been in this situation over the last six months and we have played him, he has picked up injuries. It doesn’t seem the right time to play him.

“He is sore from the previous game and we, as a management group, don’t think it’s worth taking a risk.

“Could he get through? Yes, he possibly could. But over the last six months when we’ve played him, he has picked up an injury.”

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Cook believes Anderson still has a big part to play in the Test team despite missing 8 of the last 23 Tests England have played.

The skipper said: “I’m very confident he can make a big contribution to English cricket over the next couple of years.

“But we’re going to have to manage him a bit more in Tests. He might miss a couple more Tests as a precaution. He might not. With a couple of months off now, his body might fly again. He’s a very athletic guy and he’s very light on his feet. He can still make a big difference to English cricket over the next couple of years.”

England have a few options available to them to replace Anderson with spinners Liam Dawson and Gareth Batty at their disposal while Stuart Broad could also return, the two allrounders in the top order also offer the tourists the option to play an extra batsman like Ben Duckett or Gary Ballance.

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