After a Long wait due to COVID-19 England agree and coming to sri lanka for test series in January. England will pay only 2 test matches series in sri lanka which is also part of icc test icc test championship. England looked a strong team while Srilanka not in full form and control. After the retirement of mahela jayawardene and kumar sangakkara sri lanka team have middle order problems. Srilankan test player Danish chandimal is available for test squad but that is not enough.
The England players and support staff will fly to Sri Lanka on a chartered flight on January 2 and will have to undergo a three-day isolated quarantine. If the PCR tests return negative, they will be allowed to begin training individually. After six days, they will begin training as a group.
The first match of the two-match test series will begin on January 14 at the Galle International Stadium. The second test will also be played at Galle between January 22 and 26, after which the England contingent will fly directly to India.
Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes have been rested from the England test squad to avoid bubble fatigue with the tour of India in mind. Another highlight of the 16-member squad is the recall of Jonny Bairstow as Ollie Pope hasn’t yet completely recovered from his shoulder injury.
While Ben Foakes has been picked as the back-up wicket-keeper, James Bracey, Mason Crane, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Robinson and Amar Virdi are part of the touring party as reserves.
Angelo Mathews, who missed out on the Sri Lanka tour of South Africa, due to a hamstring injury will be part of the England test series. Wanindu Hasaranga, Minod Bhanuka, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka and Santhush Gunathilaka have also been added to the squad.
Sri Lanka squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Minod Bhanuka, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Lasith Embuldeniya, Asitha Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Santhush Gunathilake, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Dilshan Madushanka, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Kusal Perera (wk), Kasun Rajitha, Dasun Shanaka, Lahiru Thirimanne.
England squad: Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes (wk), Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Sri Lanka v England 2020 Test series: Fixtures
- 1st Test: Sri Lanka v England, January 14 to 18, Galle International Cricket Stadium, Galle
- 2nd Test: Sri Lanka v England, January 22 to 26, Galle International Cricket Stadium, Galle
Update: Srilank lose first test match by 7 wicket. England defeat srilanka on last day of game comprehensively. England dominated all days of 1st test match and srilanka have no chance to draw or win the match. Sri Lanka score just 135 score in 1st innings and after that england batting start and england make 421 score with joye root double century. Although Srilanka played good cricket in the 2nd innings but that is enough to give a decent target to England. When England started the 2nd innings on 4rth day, England needed only 73 runs to win. England chase the target on 3 wickets and celebrate.