England will be without wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow when they take on Sri Lanka in the first Test match in Galle on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old missed the last two one-day internationals after twisting his ankle while playing football during a training session and has not recovered in time to don the gloves in the first of a three-match series. It’s a big blow for England, who must choose between Jos Buttler and Ben Foakes to keep wicket as the series gets under way.
Buttler is England’s one-day keeper and has kept wicket in the longer format in the past, while Foakes has yet to win his first cap.
Sri Lanka, who are ranked the sixth best Test team, are marginal favourites to win a series that features further matches in Kandy and Colombo this month.
|*All odds quoted are subject to change|