Ashes - Anderson, Kieswetter to miss T20s

Fri, 07 Jan 07:48:00 2011

Pace bowler James Anderson will be rested for England's Twenty20 series against Australia while wicketkeeping opener Craig Kieswetter has been ruled out after suffering an abscess which requires minor surgery.

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Anderson, the leading wicket-taker in the Ashes series, will head home on Saturday and return to Australia on January 22 ahead of the fourth ODI in Adelaide four days later.

Steve Finn will remain with the squad in Anderson's absence before joining the England Lions tour of the West Indies.

Hampshire batsman Michael Lumb has been called up to replace Kieswetter for the Twenty20 series.

"James Anderson will be returning to the (United Kingdom) for a complete break from cricket for 10 days," England coach Andy Flower said.

"He has had a heavy workload so far this winter, playing in all five Tests, and we feel that he will benefit from a short rest period to ensure that he is fresh for the second half of the Australia ODI series and the World Cup which follows shortly after."

Anderson has been the only England fast bowler to play all the Ashes Tests, despite flying home to be present for the birth of his child between the second and third Tests.

Lumb, who is already in Australia playing Twenty20 for the Queensland Bulls, will join up with the squad ahead of a match against the Prime Minister's XI before the two-match series, which begins on January 12.

ECB national selector Geoff Miller said: "It is unfortunate that Craig has been ruled out of the Twenty20 series but having performed well during his time with the England Performance Programme this winter he will have an opportunity to make a full recovery and then continue to push for further international honours when he tours with England Lions later this month.

"Michael Lumb has already demonstrated his ability in Twenty20 cricket and it is good to have him back playing cricket again after a long term injury. We are delighted to be able to call a player of his calibre into the squad."

Reuters

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