Stuart Broad will once again lead England’s Test attack in their upcoming series, after being selected in a 16-man squad for the tour of Sri Lanka.
The Nottinghamshire seamer, who took more wickets than any other Englishman in their recent assignment against South Africa, will be his side’s senior bowler in the continuing absence of James Anderson through injury.
Broad is named in a 16-strong party alongside Ben Foakes, who is recalled for the first time in 12 months after impressing on debut in Galle last winter.
“The South Africa tour marked the emergence of a very exciting group of young players, creating a nice balance with an experienced core of senior players."
National Selector Ed Smith
Keaton Jennings also returns to the setup having hit an unbeaten 146 in England’s previous tour of Sri Lanka, while Jack Leach is included having recovered from illness.
“The selection panel has supported continuity after a successful series victory in South Africa,” said National Selector Ed Smith.
“The South Africa tour marked the emergence of a very exciting group of young players, creating a nice balance with an experienced core of senior players.
“That squad is mostly retained, with some tweaks to the squad relevant to injury, rest and the challenges of playing in sub-continent conditions.”
England Test squad:
Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain
Dominic Bess (Somerset)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Jos Buttler (Lancashire)
Zak Crawley (Kent)
Sam Curran (Surrey)
Joe Denly (Kent)
Ben Foakes (Surrey)
Keaton Jennings (Lancashire)
Jack Leach (Somerset)
Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire)
Ollie Pope (Surrey)
Dominic Sibley (Warwickshire)
Ben Stokes (Durham) vice-captain
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
Mark Wood (Durham)
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