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England name squad for SL tour

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Noah Ferguson | 13 February, 2020, 16:12

England have recalled opener Keaton Jennings for the two-match Test series in Sri Lanka in March with Jonny Bairstow and James Anderson both rested and Moeen Ali still unavailable for selection.

"That squad is primarily maintained, with some tweaks to the squad pertinent to injury, remainder and also the difficulties of having fun in sub-continent problems".

Continuing his recovery from the rib injury he suffered in the Cape Town Test, James Anderson has been rested. Jack Leach returns to England's spin-bowling ranks for the two-Test series after recovering from the illness that struck him in South Africa.

Following the conclusion of the Galle Test, England travel to the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo four days later in a series where a sizeable 60 World Test Championship points are available in each match.

Jennings made the last of his 17 Test appearances against the West Indies 12 months ago, when he was dropped after a lean run of form, while he averaged a modest 30.94 in Division Two of the County Championship previous year.

"So in terms of squad depth, it seemed a sensible selection to go for someone who had plenty of experience in that part of the world".

Jennings and Foakes both scored centuries in a 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka, where the latter was named man of the series.

"Somerset spinner Jack Leach has recovered from his sickness he picked up in South Africa and is now wholesome and eager to renew his Test profession".

Denly's 210 runs at 30 matches his career average after 14 Tests and Jonny Bairstow is breathing down his neck having made a century at number three when England last toured Sri Lanka.

Despite being England's joint leading wicket-taker on their last visit to the island in November 2018, as well as admitting recently he had "missed" representing his country, Moeen is set to extend his break from the Test format. Of Bairstow, Smith said the Sri Lanka tour "presents a good opportunity for Jonny to be rested".

"Jimmy Anderson will certainly proceed to deal with Lancashire and also the European Central Bank to make sure that he prepares for the beginning of the County Championship period introducing the Test series versus the West Indies in June".

Jofra Archer has already been ruled out of the Sri Lanka series and wasn't considered for the selection.

England squad: Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain, Dominic Bess (Somerset), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Jack Leach (Somerset), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Dominic Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

However, Buttler will have to compete with Foakes for a place in the starting line-up in the two-Test series.

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