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England to return to Sri Lanka for two-Test cricket tour, Galle to host both starting 14 January

England's players will isolate for three days in Hambantota after arriving in Sri Lanka on 2 January, with the first Test starting 14 January in Galle. The second Test starts on 22 January.

England to return to Sri Lanka for two-Test cricket tour, Galle to host both starting 14 January

The players and management are now self-isolating in their rooms until further advice from the medical teams, the ECB said. AFP

London: England will return to Sri Lanka for a rearranged two-Test cricket tour in January, 10 months after leaving the Asian country as the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold.

The players and management are now self-isolating in their rooms until further advice from the medical teams, the ECB said. AFP

England's tour of Sri Lanka was earlier called off due to the coronavirus pandemic. AFP

England's players will isolate for three days in Hambantota after arriving in Sri Lanka on 2 January, with the first Test starting 14 January in Galle. The second Test starts on 22 January.

The traveling squad will undergo full coronavirus testing every two days throughout the trip and players are expected to be offered mental health screening ahead of the tour, following concerns about their well-being in a bio-secure bubble during the recent tour of South Africa that was cut short.

"These guys have been living in bubbles for long periods of time," said Ashley Giles, the managing director of England men's cricket, "and their mental health and well-being is the absolute priority for us."

Opener Rory Burns has already indicated he could miss at least part of the tour to stay home to attend the birth of his first child. Jonny Bairstow is set to return to the squad, however, after pulling out of his contract with Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League in order to make himself available.

Updated Date: December 09, 2020 17:59:13 IST

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