SL vs ENG 2nd Test: England's flamboyant all-rounder Ben Stokes is one of the first Englishman to leave a flight for India. Meanwhile, the rest of England's squad is currently playing in Sri Lanka where they already take 1-0 lead in the 2-match Test series. The second and final Test of the ongoing series with Sri Lanka in which the visitors are on backfoot right now after the hosts SL posted a mammoth 381 in their first innings in Galle.
The England tour of India will kick-start in a full-fledged series with the much-anticipated ICC Test Championship including one pink-ball D/N Test to be scheduled on February 24 at the World's largest Cricket Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, then Team India will gunn five Twenty20 internationals followed by thee One Day internationals.
England's devastating pacemen Jofra Archer and rookie all-rounder Ben Stokes to march England's test tour of India after being named in the 16-man squad for the start of the four-match Test series, kick-begin from Feb 5. Stokes and Archer were both rested from England’s ongoing tour of Sri Lanka but opener Rory Burns, who has gone on paternity leave make a comeback against India.
See you soon India ✈️🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/TrGHG3iuy3— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) January 23, 2021
The opening Test to be scheduled at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on February 5. England and India will also play a five-match T20 series in Ahmedabad and three ODIs in Pune. Earlier this week, England had announced the squad for the first two Tests against India, with Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood, and Sam Curran being given rest.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has ramped up its rotation policy this winter, mindful of the psychological demands placed on players in an era of bio-secure bubbles.
England Squad (For first two Tests):
Joe Root (Captain), Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Dom Sibley, Moeen Ali, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, James Anderson