England has confirmed their postponed two-Test series against Sri Lanka has been reset for January

England has confirmed their suspended two-Test series against Sri Lanka has been replaced for January.

England: England has confirmed their suspended two-Test series against Sri Lanka has been replaced for January.

The tour moved due to take place in March but was cut short during the warm-up games because of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Joe Root’s team will leave England on 2 January and play two Tests in Galle beginning on 14 and 22 January.

The tourists will be subjected to a period of quarantine in Hambantota on an entry in Sri Lanka.

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

The squad is supposed to be named in the coming days, by batsman Jonny Bairstow set to get a recall.

Bairstow, who has not played Test cricket for December 2019, has pulled out of his Big Bash League contract at Melbourne Stars and is expected to substitute Ollie Pope, who is still healing from shoulder surgery.

Pace bowler Jofra Archer is supposed to be rested after a lengthy spell in bio-secure bubbles during England’s season, the Indian Premier League and the Twenty20 portion of the tour of South Africa.

That tour was dropped on Monday, meaning the postponement of three one-day internationals, after a fraction of positive coronavirus tests.

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

England’s last ended tour of Sri Lanka was in November 2018, when they won a three-Test series 3-0.

After Sri Lanka, England is expected to take on India in a series that could take place in the United Arab Emirates.

They are set to play four rather five Tests, three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s against Virat Kohli’s side.

The two-Test series will be England’s last tasks in the World Test Championship, with the top two qualifyings for the final at Lord’s in June 2021.