Moeen and Bairstow Get England Test Recall

England name squad for Sri Lanka

Moeen Ali batting for England

England have given Test recalls to Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow for the two Test matches in Sri Lanka.

The return of all-rounder Moeen and wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow join uncapped batsman Dan Lawrence in the squad.

Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes also features along with spinners Dom Bess and Jack Leach.

Both Ben Stokes and pace ace Jofra Archer are rested, while Rory Burns will also miss the trip with his wife expecting their first child.

England are scheduled to play two Tests in Galle on January 14 and 22.

Bairstow’s ability to play spin is a factor in his recall, according to national selector Ed Smith.

He said: “With his pedigree as a player of a spin in Asia and some gaps in the squad, it felt like the perfect moment to reintroduce Jonny to the group.”

Ollie Pope is still recovering from shoulder surgery but will join the squad in Sri Lanka to continue his rehabilitation ahead of England's tour of India that follows.

Lawrence Gets His Chance

Meanwhile, 23-year-old Lawrence gets his chance to shine and will now leave the Big Bash League early to link up with England. He is currently in Australia playing for Brisbane Heat

“Dan Lawrence is one of those players who is an unusual player but has that quality about him. He has his own style, real confidence at the crease and he's inventive,” added Smith

Buttler looks to keep the gloves in Sri Lanka but Foakes will get his opportunity, according to Smith.

He said: “There will be an opportunity for Ben Foakes at some point this winter. Jos Buttler is certain to have a rest at some point and that will open up some opportunities elsewhere.”

England Test Squad for Sri Lanka

England squad: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Reserves: James Bracey, Mason Crane, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Robinson, Amar Virdi.

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