England name squad for Test tour of Sri Lanka
The England National Selectors have named a 16-member squad and seven travelling reserves for the men’s Test tour of Sri Lanka. England cricket team to depart on 2 January and will play two Test matches behind closed doors at Galle International Cricket Stadium on 14-18 January and 22-26 January. England clean-swept Sri Lanka when they last toured the country in 2018.
England Men’s Test Squad: Joe Root (Yorkshire) (captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Dom Bess (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)
Reserves Players: James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Amar Virdi (Surrey)
Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes have been rested for the tour and will return in February for the Test series against India. Surrey batsman Rory Burns misses the tour as his wife is expecting their first child during the second week of January. Off-spinner Moeen Ali, who last played a Test in August 2019, has been recalled and will be one of three spin-bowling options, alongside Dom Bess and Jack Leach. England will also have the part-time spin options of Joe Root and newcomer Dan Lawrence, who has received his first call-up to the side. Jonny Bairstow and Ben Foakes have been recalled while Jos Buttler retains his spot for the role of wicket keeper batsman.
Ollie Pope, who is recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in September during the Test series against Pakistan, will join the squad and continue his rehab in readiness for the four-match Test series against India starting in February.
- Saturday 2 January: England cricket team departs from London to Hambantota
- Tuesday 5-9 January: Training and preparation at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota
- Thursday 14-18 January: 1st Test match – Sri Lanka v England, Galle International Cricket Stadium, Galle
- Friday 22-26 January: 2nd Test match – Sri Lanka v England, Galle International Cricket Stadium, Galle
- Wednesday 27 January: England cricket fly to Chennai directly from Colombo for upcoming series with Team India.
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