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England make two changes for third Sri Lanka Test

Stuart Broad and Jonny Bairstow come into the side for the final Test starting at the SSC on Friday.

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England make two changes for third Sri Lanka Test

Stuart Broad and Jonny Bairstow come into the side for England's third and final Test in Sri Lanka

England have made two changes to their side for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka starting in Colombo on Friday.

Jimmy Anderson will be rested for the third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo, with Stuart Broad replacing the seamer; while Jonny Bairstow comes in for Sam Curran, who has a minor side issue.

The Three Lions have already won the three-match series, leading 2-0 after victory in the second Test in Kandy.

England team for third Test Sri Lanka: Burns, Jennings, Bairstow, Root (c), Stokes, Buttler, Ali, Foakes (w), Rashid, Leach, Broad.

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Broad, 32, has missed out on a place in the side in the first two Tests but will play in the match starting on Friday at the SSC - the same ground where he made his debut in 2007.

"I understand the reasoning behind it with the series already won," Anderson said.

"With the winter we've got ahead, it makes sense for Stuart to get some cricket. He's not played for a while and it's going to be a tough tour of the West Indies. 

"It's a good opportunity for him and the team. You have to look at the situation as well - it's hard work for seamers here and it's not like I've been able to have a huge input on the games."

England Test Squad in Sri Lanka


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