Colly, Jimmy to rest
England stars Paul Collingwood and James Anderson will be rested for the next three and two matches respectively in the current one-day international series against Australia.
Durham batsman Collingwood and Lancashire pace bowler Anderson have not missed an England fixture since early February and will finally get a chance to rest their weary limbs after being told they can leave the squad preparing for Saturday's match at Lord's.
Although England are 3-0 down in the seven-match series and need a victory on Saturday to have any chance of winning the series, it was decided that the strain of such a heavy schedule in the aftermath of the Ashes triumph has taken its toll on the duo.
Former England one-day captain Collingwood will return for the final match of the campaign at Chester-le-Street next weekend.
Anderson, meanwhile, will join up with the squad again for the second of back-to-back day-nighters at Trent Bridge.
England jet out to South Africa for the Champions Trophy on September 21, which means the only chance to combat player fatigue is to rest them against world champions Australia despite the threat of a series thrashing.
Despite this short break, Collingwood, 33, faces the prospect of virtually 12 months without a decent break.
He has been engaged in international action since January 20 and is contractually obliged to make himself available for Delhi Daredevils in next month's Champions League.
That club tournament takes place during a three-and-a-half-week lull for England's players, who leave for the tour of South Africa on November 1.
That tour comprises four Tests and five one-day internationals and finishes on January 18.