England has confirmed their postponed two-Test series in opposition to Sri Lanka has been rearranged for January.
The tour was due to happen in March, however, was minimize quick during the warm-up games due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Joe Root’s facet will go away to England on 2 January and play two Tests in Galle beginning on 14 and 22 January.
The vacationers shall be topic to an interval of quarantine in Hambantota on arrival in Sri Lanka.
Throughout that interval, they are going to have the ability to prepare and put together for 5 days between 5-9 January.
The squad is anticipated to be named within the coming days, with batsman Jonny Bairstow set to earn a recall.
Bairstow, who has not performed Test cricket since December 2019, has pulled out of his Big Bash League contract at Melbourne Stars and is prone to substitute Ollie Pope, who remains to be recovering from shoulder surgical procedure.
Tempo bowler Jofra Archer is anticipated to be rested after a prolonged spell in bio-secure bubbles throughout England’s summer, the Indian Premier League and the Twenty20 portion of the tour of South Africa.
That tour was deserted on Monday, which means the postponement of three one-day internationals, after quite a lot of constructive coronavirus checks.
Two unnamed members of England get together initially returned constructive checks, just for additional testing to clear them of getting the illness, and all the touring group will fly residence on Thursday.
England’s final accomplished tour of Sri Lanka was in November 2018, after they received a three-Test collection 3-0.
After Sri Lanka, England are anticipated to tackle India in a series that might happen within the United Arab Emirates.
They’re set to play 4 or 5 Tests, three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s in opposition to Virat Kohli’s facet.
The 2 Test series shall be England’s final assignments within the World Test Championship, with the highest two qualifying for the final at Lord’s in June 2021.
England is third in the standings, behind Australia and India.
Sri Lanka v England schedule
First Test: 14-18 January, Galle
Second Test: 22-26 January, Galle