Kallis appointed as England batting consultant for Sri Lanka Test tour


Karachi: Former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis has been appointed as England batting consultant for the upcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Monday.

While Carl Hopkinson has been named as fielding coach, former New Zealand spinner Jeetan Patel has been named as spin bowling consultant. ECB’s official Twitter handle released the list of appointments on Monday.

Earlier, England announced a 16-man squad for the Test series against Sri Lanka. Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer were rested.

Note, England series against Sri Lanka was postponed in March this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and the rearranged tour will now be held behind closed doors in Galle. The first Test will be played on January 14 while the second will start on December 22.

England Test Squad: Joe Root(c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Reserves: James Bracey, Mason Crane, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Robinson, Amar Virdi.

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