London: England's Sri Lanka-bound cricket contingent has tested negative for COVID-19 and will be leaving for the island nation on Saturday for a two-match Test series, starting on 14 January.
England players and support staff had undergone COVID-19 testing on 30 December. They will fly to Sri Lanka as per schedule on Saturday.
On arrival, the contingent will spend 10 days in a bio-secure bubble in Hambantota, according to a report in Sky Sports.
England is scheduled to play two Test matches against Sri Lanka in Galle from 14-18 January and 22-26 January.
The series was postponed in March last year midway through the visitors' warm-up game in Colombo due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is part of the ongoing World Test Championship.
This will be England's second touring assignment since the COVID-19 pandemic threw schedules haywire.
They had travelled to South Africa in November but the tour was called off midway after two members of the visiting party tested positive for the dreaded virus.
After its assignment in Sri Lanka, the England cricket team will head to India for a full series starting with the first Test on 5 February.
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Bairstow, 31, believes he has a lot to learn from the South African legend Kallis who is in isolation in Sri Lanka and should join the squad on Friday.
Bairstow, 31, scored a century in his last one-day international and then amassed 345 runs in the IPL Twenty20 tournament for Sunrisers Hyderabad between September-November.
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