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England tour of Sri Lanka in serious doubt prior to the surge in COVID-19

December 23, 2020

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There is a possibility that the England tour of Sri Lanka might get canceled owing to the surge in COVID-19 cases in the UK. Recently, there has been a tremendous surge in COVID-19 cases with news that a new, more infectious COVID -19 strain has taken its toll in the UK. The England side is set to leave for Sri Lanka on 2nd January. However, in light of the recent situation in the UK, things look bleak ahead.

Several European countries have isolated the UK, with many of them banning international flights to and from Britain. As per reports in the English media, the ECB has called for an emergency talk with Sri Lanka cricket. This is with regards to whether the serious should see a green light or not. With the UK in lockdown, it is highly likely that red light might be shown to the tour.

The tour was previously canceled in the month of March this year. It was then postponed to January 2021. As per the current program, England will fly to Sri Lanka on 2nd January. Prior to that, they will follow a 2-week program before the 1st test commences in Galle on 14th January.

The Sri Lankan government has stuck with strict measures regarding England’s visit to Sri Lanka. During the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour was called off during an ongoing practice match in Colombo. With fears surrounding the pandemic, the Sri Lankan government would not want to risk the welfare of the nation.

South African legend Jacques Kallis appointed as England batting consultant

Jacques Kallis is now part of the England national side as a batting consultant. If the series isn’t canceled, then we could see Kallis’s 1st stint as a batting consultant for the 3 lions. Kallis has had a fantastic Test career. He is the 3rd highest run-scorer in Test history. In 166 Tests, the South African veteran amassed a total of 13289 runs. Kallis was also quite effective with the ball in the Test format. In 272 innings, Kallis bagged a total of 292 wickets.

Kallis has previously coached the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders. Kallis also worked with the Proteas in past times. England’s new batting consultant will want to bring in his experience and wisdom to impart upon the English Test side. Kallis will work under England head coach Chris Silverwood. England will play 2 Tests against Sri Lanka before they depart for a tour of India.

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