Following Alastair Cook’s retirement from International Cricket, England have called on Kent’s Joe Denly and Surrey captain Rory Burns, as they look to a new chapter in their top order, starting in the three match test series in Sri Lanka this coming winter.
Denly, 32, has represented his country before, way back in 2009 where he went onto play in nine ODI’s and five Twenty20 matches. Back then, he was on the verge of the test squad, but never quite made the call up.
The right handed batsman has recently just helped his county, Kent, win promotion to the County Championship First Division, and can also bowl leg-spin, which looks to have tipped things in his favour.
Surrey opener, Burns (28) however, will be hoping his form, that helped his county to the Championship title, can be transferred to the International stage, after averaging nearly 70 in in the four day format, and completing over 1,000 runs for the season.
It is not just in the batting that England are changing things, as Warwickshire’s pace bowler, Olly Stone also receives a call up into the touring squad.
Stone, 24, was named in the One Day squad that flies out well before the test squad, but his express pace is something that has been on the selectors radar for some time for the longer form of the game.
A surprise name included in the final squad, was that of Lancashire opening batsman, Keaton Jennings, who struggled all summer long at the top of England’s batting order, however, Cook’s retirement looks to have given him a reprieve.
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All the first indications are, that Jennings will open with Burns in the first test, which starts on November 6th in Galle.
Recalled to the squad, are Somerset spinner, Jack Leach and Surrey batsman, Ollie Pope.
Full Test Squad: Joe Root (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Rory Burns, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Keaton Jennings, Olly Stone, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.
The series will also see Radio rights, move from BBC Test Match Special, and onto TalkSPORT, which will also be the same for the West Indies tour early in 2019.
6-10, 1st Test, Galle
14-18, 2nd Test, Kandy
23-27 3rd test, Colombo