Bairstow omitted as England name squad for Sri Lanka tour
Jonny Bairstow has been left out as England announced their squad for the Test series with Sri Lanka on Tuesday (February 11).
The 16-man squad has recalls for wicketkeeper Ben Foakes and spin specialist Keaton Jennings, who receive their first call-ups in 12 months.
While this is the second time Bairstow has missed a Test tour this winter, having been dropped for the 1-0 defeat in New Zealand, Ben Foakes’ recall was nothing surprising, as the man of the series in England’s 3-0 whitewash of the Sri Lankans 15 months ago.
Foakes had made his Test debut in Galle in November 2018 of that series against Sri Lanka and scored a century.
Jennings was dropped from the England squad following a poor series against the West Indies.
Meanwhile pacer Jimmy Anderson has missed out through injury, as he continues his recovery from a cracked rib suffered in the South Africa Test series.
Spinner Moeen Ali was also unavailable, as he is yet to be persuaded to overturn his self-exclusion from Test cricket. Leg-spinner Matt Parkinson comes in for Ali, and he maintains his record of having been named in every England squad this winter.
Joe Root, as usual, is the captain of the squad.
The visitors willplay in Galle on March 19-23 and again in Colombo from 27-31.
England squad in full: Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes (vice-captain), Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Ben Foakes (wk), Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.