Following two back-to-back Test defeats, the Sri Lankan cricket team is now set to host the world champions, England, for a two-match Test series, starting January 14 at the Galle International Stadium.
For England, this Test match against Sri Lanka marks the beginning of their scheduled 17 Test matches in 2021. Following their tour of Sri Lanka, the England cricket team will lock horns with India in a full-fledged series away from home.
It’s been more than two years since England toured Sri Lanka. Interestingly, the latter has played a mere two home Test matches since. England, on the other hand, have played a total of 21 Tests during the period.
The particular series, which is a part of the World Test Championship, was initially scheduled in March 2020, but the pandemic forced the English side to stay put. Watch the Sri Lanka vs England Test series live in India on streaming and on TV.
A lot has changed since, as England decided to rest the likes of Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes to keep the duo fit for the India series. Furthermore, with Ollie Pope out, Jonny Bairstow has been recalled to the squad.
The biggest blow, however, is the absence of Moeen Ali, who has been ruled out after testing positive for the virus. Meanwhile, seamer Chris Woakes is unlikely to feature as well after just finishing his seven-day isolation.
Sri Lanka vs England Test full squads
Sri Lanka Test squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya De Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wicket-keeper), Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lasith Embuldeniya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Dushmantha Chameera, Dasun Shanaka, Santhush Gunathilake, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka.
England Test squad: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali (ruled out after testing positive for the virus), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, James Bracey, Mason Crane, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Matt Parkinson, Ollie Robinson, Amar Virdi.
Sri Lanka vs England Test schedule, fixtures, venue and live India match times
All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)
|SL vs ENG 1st Test||Galle International Stadium, Galle||January 14-18||10:00 AM IST|
|SL vs ENG 2nd Test||Galle International Stadium, Galle||January 22-26||10:00 AM IST|
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Where to watch Sri Lanka vs England Test series live in India?
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The SL vs ENG Test series will be telecast live on the Sony TEN 2 TV channels in India.
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