England recall axed duo for S Lanka tests

England's Keaton Jennings is back in the squad for the two-Test tour of Sri Lanka

England have recalled opener Keaton Jennings and wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes for the two-Test series against Sri Lanka next month.

The pair were both discarded after the West Indies tour 12 months ago but both of Jennings' Test hundreds have come on the subcontinent and Foakes was player of the series in England's 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka in November 2018.

Foakes' inclusion means there is no room for Jonny Bairstow in a 16-man touring party while England's record wicket-taker James Anderson is another high-profile absentee, with Moeen Ali remaining unavailable for selection.

National selector Ed Smith said: "The selection panel has supported continuity after a successful series victory in South Africa."

And speaking about the omissions, Smith added: "Jonny Bairstow has been in England squads across the three formats without a significant break. This two-Test tour presents a good opportunity for Jonny to be rested.

"Jimmy Anderson will continue to work with Lancashire and the ECB so that he is ready for the start of the County Championship season leading into the Test series against the West Indies in June.

"Moeen Ali is still unavailable for Test selection. The selectors are in consistent dialogue with Moeen and he remains a valued player in England cricket."

Sri Lanka host England in two matches in Galle (March 19-23)and Colombo (March 27-31), with the series forming a part of the ICC World Test Championship.

England are third in the points table behind India and Australia while Sri Lanka are fifth.