Bairstow to return to ENG squad for SL tour

2020-12-03 at 19:40

Batsman Jonny Bairstow is set to return to the England Test squad for January’s proposed tour of Sri Lanka after withdrawing from the Big Bash League.

The 31-year-old, who has not played a Test since December 2019, has pulled out of his deal with Melbourne Stars.

England’s two-Test tour of Sri Lanka was cut short in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

England are expected to play two Tests in Sri Lanka in January but are yet to confirm the squad and schedule.

Bairstow, who averages 37.74 from 70 Tests, was dropped during the tour of South Africa last winter after passing 50 once in 16 innings.

He missed the three home Tests against West Indies and three against Pakistan, and lost his Test central contract for 2020-21 in September.