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Collingwood and Anderson rested

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Tim Paine & Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood earns himself a breather, having been a fundamental part of England's team in all forms of cricket

England have rested Paul Collingwood and James Anderson for three and two matches respectively in the current NatWest Series against Australia.

Both men, neither of whom have missed an England fixture since early February, have left the squad preparing for tomorrow’s must-win match at Lord’s.

Despite England being 3-0 down in the seven-match series, they have opted to give short breaks to the two most-capped men in their party, such is the heavy schedule.

Anderson will join up with the squad again for the second of back-to-back day-nighters in Nottingham.

Former captain Collingwood will return for the final match of the campaign at Chester-le-Street next weekend.

Collingwood has been engaged in international action since January 20 and is also due to appear for Delhi Daredevils in next month's Twenty20 Champions League.

That club tournament takes place during a three-and-a-half-week lull for England's players, who leave for the tour of South Africa on November 1.

England jet out to South Africa for the ICC Champions Trophy on Monday, September 21.

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