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Ben Foakes, Keaton Jennings recalled for Sri Lanka, Moeen Ali unavailable

Keaton Jennings called the England team for the test series in Sri Lanka | Cricket News England recall Keaton Jennings and Ben Foakes for Sri Lanka Test series
Cary Erickson | 13 February, 2020, 16:12

Moeen Ali is expected to turn down the opportunity to come back into England's Test side for next month's tour of Sri Lanka while James Anderson could be overlooked as he eyes a return from injury.

"That squad is generally retained, with some tweaks to the squad related to harm, relaxation and the challenges of enjoying in sub-continent circumstances".

While Anderson had put himself up for the tour insisting he was fully recovered from his rib injury selectors were evidently not convinced, particularly given the arduous nature of the pitches they are likely to encounter.

Jennings has not played for his country since being dropped following the series defeat to West Indies a year ago, but the opening batsman returns along with Foakes. "Lancashire seamer James Anderson, who is recovering from a cracked rib sustained in January during the second Test in Cape Town against South Africa, will continue to condition and prepare ahead of the start of the English season", the European Central Bank press release stated.

Despite his Test struggles since final 12 months's World Cup, Jos Buttler is certainly one of England's most naturally gifted gamers and he has been given one other likelihood by the choice panel.

Keaton Jennings, the Lancashire opener, is also recalled a year after his latest appearance, with both Jennings and Foakes viewed as horses-for-courses selections after previous success in Sri Lanka.

Jofra Archer had already been ruled out because of a low-grade stress fracture in his right elbow, but fellow fast bowler Mark Wood will make the trip.

Keaton Jennings hasn't played for England since the test series in the West Indies last winter
Keaton Jennings hasn't played for England since the test series in the West Indies last winter

Surrey's wicketkeeper-batsman Foakes made his Test debut in Galle in November 2018 where he scored a fine hundred.

"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".

Commenting on Bairstow's omission, the second Test tour that he has missed this winter after being dropped for the games in New Zealand, Smith said: "Jonny Bairstow has been in England squads across the three formats without a significant break".

"Moeen Ali remains to be unavailable for Test choice".

'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'.

The two-match Test series forms part of the ICC World Test Championship.

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).

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