Rory Burns, captain of the 2018 County Championship Divsion One winners - Surrey,  is the leading run-score of the season with 1319 runs so far at 69.42
Rory Burns, captain of the 2018 County Championship Divsion One winners – Surrey, is the leading run-score of the season with 1319 runs so far at 69.42

Rory Burns, captain of the 2018 County Championship Divsion One winners – Surrey – and the leading run-score of the season with 1319 runs so far at 69.42, has been named in England Test squad for the first time for the series against Sri Lanka along with Kent’s Joe Denly and Warwickshire’s Olly Stone, who was earlier named in the ODI sqaud for the series as well.

The 32-year-old Denly returns to the England set-up for the first time since 2010 when he earned nine ODI caps and played fiveT20Is. With 798 runs in the Divison Two in 13 matches, Denly helped Kent gain promotion to Division One.

Somerset left-arm spinner Jack Leach returns to the squad for the first time since he made his debut in New Zealand in March and is one of three specialist spinners named alongside Worcestershire’s Moeen Ali and Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

Stone has been in excellent form for Warwickshire at the top of the Specsavers County Championship Division Two. The 24-year-old pace bowler has taken 37 wickets at just 12 apiece.

The experienced right-hand batsman Denly is comfortable batting at the top of the order and has played a pivotal role in Kent’s successful season, which saw them secure promotion to the top-flight of the County Championship this week. He is also a useful leg-spin bowler and will give options to England’s attack in the spin friendly conditions of Sri Lanka.

Opener Keaton Jennings, who endured a horrid time against India in the home series has retained his place, partly owing to the retirement of England legend Alastair Cook.

SQUAD: Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire) wk, Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Jack Leach (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)