Published: Thu, February 13, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Keaton Jennings recalled to England squad for Test series in Sri Lanka

Keaton Jennings recalled to England squad for Test series in Sri Lanka

Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow misses the journey to take a break having been a part of the South Africa tour.

England has retired starter Keaton Jennings for the two-game test series in Sri Lanka in March with Jonny Bairstow and James Anderson rested and Moeen Ali is not yet available for selection.

'That squad is mostly retained, with some tweaks to the squad relevant to injury, rest and the challenges of playing in sub-continent conditions'.

However, Parkinson's Lancashire team-mate James Anderson has been asked to continue his recovery from a displaced fracture of the rib at Old Trafford.

The pair were both discarded after the West Indies tour 12 months ago but both of Jennings' Test hundreds have come on the subcontinent and Foakes was player of the series in England's 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka in November 2018. Also absent is Jimmy Anderson, who is recovering from a cracked rib sustained during the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town last month, and the England and Wales Cricket Board said the seamer will continue to work on his fitness in readiness for the start of the English season.

The return of Jennings, who also made a hundred in Galle, was signposted previous year when he was sent on an England training camp to Mumbai.

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

Foakes had enjoyed a great run in his debut series in Sri Lanka and was the highest run-getter of the series having scored 277 runs in six innings.

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"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".

England have declared their squad for the upcoming Test sequence towards Sri Lanka.

Stuart Broad, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and also vice-captain Ben Stokes offer the joint bowling choices however Joe Root will certainly have to do without JofraArcher The quick bowler is missing out on due to a stress and anxiety crack in his ideal elbow joint.

"Jimmy Anderson will continue to work with Lancashire and the European Central Bank so that he is ready for the start of the County Championship season leading into the Test series against the West Indies in June".

That match and the one that gets under way a week later at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo are each worth a sizeable 60 World Test Championship points to the winners. This two-Test tour presents a superb alternative for Jonny to be rested.

Also absent from England's 16-man touring party is Moeen Ali as he continues his indefinite break from Test cricket, with Jack Leach, Dom Bess and Matt Parkinson the frontline spin options.

Potential England squad: J Root (captain), B Stokes (vice-captain), J Bairstow, D Bess, S Broad, J Buttler, Z Crawley, S Curran, L Dawson, J Denly, B Foakes, J Leach, O Pope, D Sibley, C Woakes, M Wood.

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