Stuart Broad will return to the England team for the third Test in Sri Lanka.

The 32-year-old will replace James Anderson in the line-up, as England aim for a 3-0 whitewash following victories in Galle and Kandy.

“I’m not playing in this game, Broady is going to play instead of me,” said Anderson.

“I’m thinking with the series sewn up, it’s an opportunity to rotate.

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

"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."

Sam Curran, who posted valuable scores of 48 and 64 in the first and second Test respectively, misses out with a side injury.

Jonny Bairstow replaces him having recovered from an ankle injury, only to miss out on selection in Kandy.

Regardless of the result in Colombo, England will finish the series in second position in the ICC World Test rankings.

The match gets underway at 4.30am, UK time. 


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