James Anderson, a seasoned England fast bowler, has been rested for their forthcoming third Test match against New Zealand, and speed bowling all-rounder Jamie Overton will take his place. Ben Stokes, England’s captain, said that the decision to rest Anderson was made with the knowledge that England would play a Test match against India beginning on July 1. Anderson, who is England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, has been sidelined with an ankle injury.

Craig Overton, Overton’s identical twin brother, has played in eight Test matches and claimed 21 wickets. In the ODI format, he has also played four games and claimed four wickets. Despite rumors that Craig Overton would also participate in the game, Stokes said that they had only opted to make one change. If Craig had been included, the two quick bowling all-rounders would have been the first set of identical twins to represent England in a Test match.

Jamie Overton will make his debut this week since Jimmy hasn’t pulled up as well as we would have wanted, according to Stokes, speaking to Sky Sports. The impending Test match between England and India, which will be played next month while Anderson is out of the lineup, was also taken into consideration, according to Stokes. Jimmy is sad, but we also have a very important Test against India coming up. To be honest, I’m not sure how serious it is. He only has a little swollen ankle, the man said.

The match between England and India scheduled for the following month will be regarded as the series’ fifth Test. A Covid-19 epidemic in the Indian camp at the time forced the postponement of the match. In the series, England is behind 1-2.