Jimmy Anderson looks set for a rest after battling discomfort in his leg against New Zealand

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Jimmy Anderson looks set for a rest after battling discomfort in his leg that delayed his introduction until the second hour of the final morning at Trent Bridge

  • Jimmy Anderson could miss this week’s Test through a rest rather than injury 
  • England play in the LV= Insurance Test versus New Zealand throughout the week
  • The discomfort has stemmed from the tightness of strapping across his shin

Jimmy Anderson could miss this week’s third LV= Insurance Test versus New Zealand — through rest rather than injury.

Anderson, 39, was battling a leg niggle which restricted him to just 8.4 overs of the second innings at Trent Bridge and delayed his introduction into the attack until the second hour of the final morning.

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The discomfort appears to have stemmed from the tightness of strapping across his shin rather than an internal issue but the saturated scheduling of Test cricket this month means his omission for Headingley will be considered.

Jimmy Anderson could miss the third LV= Insurance Test versus New Zealand through rest

England have made clear their policy of picking their best XI whenever possible under the new captaincy-coach axis of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum.

However, with the series win over the reigning world champions in the bag and the gap between this third match and the re-arranged Test versus India in Birmingham being just three days, thought will be given to allowing the 651-wicket veteran extra recuperation time.

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The workloads of Anderson’s new-ball partner Stuart Broad and Matt Potts — only Lancashire leg spinner Matt Parkinson has bowled more than the latter’s 1,852 deliveries in first-class cricket this summer — will also be considered when England pick their team for Leeds.

Anderson, 39, was battling a leg niggle which restricted him to just 8.4 overs at Trent Bridge

Anderson, 39, was battling a leg niggle which restricted him to just 8.4 overs at Trent Bridge

If more than one seamer was asked to rest ahead of trying to level the 2021 series with India from July 1, it would open the prospect of cricket history being made.

Never before have twins played Test cricket for England but the uncapped Jamie Overton’s could change that.

His maiden call-up — after impressing with his sustained pace and short-ball aggression for leaders Surrey in the County Championship — means he could line up alongside brother Craig, who is also in the 14-man squad.

Jamie (right) and Craig Overton can make history as first twins to play Test cricket for England

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Jamie (right) and Craig Overton can make history as first twins to play Test cricket for England

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