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.
Sri Lanka vs England: Playing in IPL was good preparation for host nation's pitches, says Jonny Bairstow
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.
English cricket authorities are confident the national men's side’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka will go ahead as scheduled despite the Asian team currently being in South Africa, where fresh travel restrictions have been imposed amid the pandemic.
England are due to arrive in Sri Lanka on 3 January for two Tests— played without spectators— in Galle starting on 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.
Coronavirus Outbreak: England tour of Sri Lanka rescheduled to January but dates yet to be finalised, says SLC CEO Ashley de Silva
England's Test tour of Sri Lanka, which could not be completed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been rescheduled to January next year, claims SLC CEO Ashley de Silva.
Coronavirus Outbreak: ICC to discuss contingency plans for tournaments, Test Championship points system in video conference
While a couple of ICC Board members confirmed to PTI that no concrete decisions are expected during the conference call, it became imperative that a meeting was called to discuss contingency plans
Sri Lanka vs England: Hosts include injured Kusal Perera in squad for two-Test series, leave Lahiru Thirimanne out
Kusal Perera has returned to Sri Lanka’s squad for their two-Test series against England later this month despite carrying a finger injury that could rule him out of the first match.
Sri Lanka vs England: Visitors recall Keaton Jennings, Ben Foakes ahead of two-Test tour; James Anderson misses out with rib injury
Foakes has played five Tests for England, making his debut against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2018 while Jennings, who has two centuries in the sub-continent, was last involved in their tour of West Indies last year
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha says team must move forward, won't resign from post
Chandika Hathurusingha said that he expected Sri Lanka to perform better and that the team should learn from their exit and build for the future
Sri Lanka vs England: Weak batting display, wrong DRS calls hurt hosts, led to 3-0 drubbing in Test series
England were definitely the better side. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, were extremely poor. At times they were lethargic, at times dumb, on other occasions lacked imagination and on a serious note even showed arrogance.
Sri Lanka vs England: Joe Root and Co beat hosts by 42 runs in third Test to effect first overseas series sweep in 55 years
Leach got captain Suranga Lakmal trapped lbw for 11 to trigger celebrations for England who have not won all the games in a series of three or more Tests since Ted Dexter's side won 3-0 in New Zealand in 1963.
Sri Lanka vs England, Highlights, 3rd Test at Colombo, Day 4, Full cricket score: Visitors win by 42 runs, sweep series 3-0
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The selection panel headed by former Test bowler Graeme Labrooy and also including Gamini Wickremasinghe, Eric Upashantha, Chandika Hathurusingha and Jeryl Woutersz were only appointed in June.
Sri Lanka vs England, Highlights, 3rd Test at Colombo, Day 3, Full Cricket Score: Hosts finish day at 53/4 chasing 327
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Sri Lanka vs England: Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes shine with ball to give visitors handy first-innings lead
Adil Rashid claimed a career-best 5-49, also effecting a run-out with a direct throw, while Ben Stokes returned 3-30 in a lion-hearted display of pace bowling on a spin-friendly track to earn England a first-innings lead of 96.
Sri Lanka vs England, Highlights, 3rd Test at Colombo, Day 2, Full Cricket Score: Visitors in comfortable position with 99-run lead
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Sri Lanka vs England: Jonny Bairstow scores ton on return before spinners lead hosts' comeback on first day
Jonny Bairstow missed the series opener in Galle with an ankle injury and the brilliant batting and neat glovework of his replacement Ben Foakes kept Bairstow out of England’s series-clinching victory in Pallekele.
Sri Lanka vs England, Highlights, 3rd Test at Colombo, Day 1, Full cricket scored: Bairstow's ton drives visitors past 300
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Sri Lanka vs England: Jack Leach, Moeen Ali help visitors clinch Test series with 57-run win at Pallekele
Jack Leach's first five-wicket haul clinched an overwhelming win for England in the second Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday that sealed the series with a match to go.