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Mason Crane, Matt Parkinson and Amar Virdi are with the squad as reserves

England will contemplate including one in all their three reserve spinners to their fundamental squad forward of the primary Take a look at in opposition to Sri Lanka on January 14, after head coach Chris Silverwood dominated Moeen Ali out of competition.

Ali has been self-isolating after returning a constructive Covid-19 take a look at on arrival in Sri Lanka, together with his quarantine interval ending on January 13, the day earlier than the primary Take a look at. In consequence, England might look to one of many three spin bowlers who travelled with the squad as reserves – Mason Crane, Matt Parkinson and Amar Virdi – to maintain their choices open. Parkinson and Virdi are each uncapped, whereas Crane’s solely Take a look at got here within the Sydney dead-rubber on the finish of the 2017-18 Ashes.

Silverwood expects to get a primary have a look at the pitch at Galle – the place each Assessments will probably be performed – when England prepare on Monday afternoon. Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur advised the Guardian final week that he’s anticipating “typical Sri Lankan circumstances”, and if the floor seems significantly spin-friendly, England might look to subject three frontline spinners as they did of their 3-0 sequence win in 2018.

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