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James Anderson

James Anderson comes back into the England squad - at the expense of Jade Dernbach - for the third and final npower Test at the Rose Bowl, which starts on Thursday

James Anderson is set to make his England return against Sri Lanka, pending fitness, after today being named in the squad for the third npower Test at the Rose Bowl starting on Thursday.

The Lancashire pace bowler, who missed the second Test against Sri Lanka due to a side strain suffered during victory in the first Test at Cardiff, has been named in England's squad provided he successfully negotiates Lancashire's Friends Life t20 match against Worcestershire today.

Anderson comes into the England squad for Jade Dernbach, who is omitted after being named in the 12-man squad for the second Test.

England national selector Geoff Miller said: “Jimmy Anderson is the leader of our bowling attack so clearly he will be a significant inclusion should he get through Lancashire's Friends Life t20 match against Worcestershire unscathed.

“Side strains can be particularly troublesome for bowlers but, given Jimmy's injury was a grade one strain and therefore a low grade injury, he is expected to be fit for selection.

“A period of rest and recovery has certainly been beneficial and we obviously wouldn't include Jimmy in the squad if the medical staff weren't confident of his fitness.”

England squad - third npower Test

Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, captain)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Alastair Cook (Essex)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
Kevin Pietersen (Surrey)
Matt Prior (Sussex)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
Chris Tremlett (Surrey)
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)