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England drop Woakes for third Test

Paceman replaced by Toby Roland-Jones as England seek series win against West Indies at Lord's

England have replaced Chris Woakes with Toby Roland-Jones for the third and deciding Test against West Indies at Lord's.

Woakes took just two wickets in his return to the Test team at Headingley last week, but England have been quick to recall Roland-Jones after the tourists recorded a stunning five-wicket win in Leeds to keep the two-match series alive.

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It will be the Middlesex man's first Test on his home ground.

Roland-Jones made a big impact on his Test debut earlier this summer, taking 5-57 against South Africa at The Oval and he has 14 wickets in three Tests so far in his career.

The match at the Home of Cricket will be England's last before the Magellan Ashes this summer, with question marks still remaining over several batting positions and whether Roland-Jones will hold onto the third seamer's role.

Anderson said on Tuesday that his side already have half an eye on the upcoming Ashes, saying it's vital England the summer on a high.

"You're always trying to win Test match series," he told Sky Sports News on Tuesday.

"It's very important to try to build momentum and with this team going forward I think we really need to get some momentum going as it's an important winter for us.

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"We've done some good things over the few months, or maybe 12 months, but not quite got that consistency going yet and that's something that we're really striving for."

Having been taken by surprise at Headingley, Anderson says England will be primed for action at Lord's.

"It was disappointing for us after such a performance at Edgbaston," he said. "We thought we could build on that and close out the series at Headingley.

"As bowlers we were confident we could bowl them out, but full credit to the West Indies -- I thought they played fantastically well that last day.

"I thought the West Indies came back very strong, which we expected them to do, and we didn't play at our best at all, which is really frustrating for us as we are trying to build momentum.

"But it makes for an exciting Test match here, a decider. That extra pressure will find out a bit more about people's character and things like that so it should be an exciting week."

Anderson is just three wickets short of 500 in England Tests, but he says he will not allow himself to be distracted by personal milestones.

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"It's obviously nice. The fact I've played for long enough to get this close to 500 is something that I'm very proud of," he said. "But to be honest, I do try to put it to the back of my mind.

"I've got a job to do this week. We desperately need to win this Test match to win the series so I'm going to be focused completely on doing my job for the team when we get out there." 

England: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley, Joe Root (c), Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Toby Roland-Jones, Jimmy Anderson

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (wkt), Jason Holder (capt), Kemar Roach, Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel

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