England confirms tour to Sri Lanka in January


England have confirmed that their tour to Sri Lanka will go ahead in January of 2021.

The English, who were in South Africa, saw that series called off on Monday due to a series of Covid-19 outbreak.

Two unnamed members of the England party initially returned positive tests, only for further testing to clear them of having the disease and the entire touring group will fly home on Thursday.

The Sri Lanka tour was due to take place in March, but was cut short during the warm-up games because of the coronavirus pandemic.

They will depart on January 2 and will play two test matches on 14 and 22 January.

The tourists will be subject to a period of quarantine in Hambantota on arrival in Sri Lanka.

During that period, they will be able to train and prepare for five days from 5-9 January.

Joe roots men will be looking to climb into the top two of the test championship, as this series will be the last assignment for them.

They are currently third behind Australia and India in the standings and the inaugural championship will culminate at Lord’s in June of 2021.

England were last in Sri Lanka in November of 2018 where they comfortably won the test series 3-0.

This is the beginning of a busy schedule as after they will face India in four or five test matches, three one-day internationals and three Twenty20.

The squad will be announced shortly with reports circulating that Jonny Bairstow is set to earn a re-call the first in a year.

He has pulled out of his Big Bash League contract for the Melbourne Stars and is likely to replace the injured Ollie Pope who is recovering from a shoulder surgery.