James Anderson: Lancashire bowler will not play at T20 Blast Finals Day

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James Anderson will not play at T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston on Saturday, despite being one of four players made available by England.

With his 564th Test wicket on Tuesday, Lancashire's Anderson became the most successful pace bowler in Test history.

County team-mates Jos Buttler and Keaton Jennings are free to feature, as is Worcestershire's Moeen Ali.

Meanwhile, Alastair Cook will not play again for Essex in the County Championship again this season.

Opener Cook, 33, made a second-innings century in his 161st and final Test before retiring from international cricket as England wrapped up a 4-1 series win over India at The Oval.

He has agreed a new three-year contract with Essex, the club he has played for throughout his career.

Jennings and Moeen are available to play in their respective counties' final Championship games of the summer on 24-27 September, while Surrey duo Ollie Pope and Sam Curran are able to play in the leaders' last two fixtures.

A late decision will be taken on the availability of Anderson, who will be part of the Test Match Special commentary team at Edgbaston, and new-ball partner Stuart Broad for Lancashire and Nottinghamshire respectively in the final round of matches.

Test captain Joe Root, wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow and all-rounder Ben Stokes are among the players to be rested for the remainder of the county season.

England depart for their tour of Sri Lanka on 30 September.

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