England confirm two-Test tour of Sri Lanka will go ahead in January 2021

England will play two Test matches behind closed doors in Sri Lanka next month, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

The PA news agency understands the ECB has ramped up bio-security plans in a bid to avoid a repeat of this week’s abandonment of the South Africa tour.

England confirm two-Test tour of Sri Lanka

England tour to Sri Lanka
England’s Dom Sibley (L) plays a shot next to Sri Lanka Board President’s XI wicketkeeper Minod Bhanuka during the opening day of a four-day practice match between Sri Lanka Board President’s XI and England at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on March 12, 2020. – England will play two test matches against Sri Lanka during their tour of Sri Lanka under the ICC World Test Championship. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP) 

Players will isolate for three days after arriving in Sri Lanka and will undergo full coronavirus testing every two days throughout the trip.

The first Test will start on January 14 with the travelling party departing on a chartered flight on January 2 and being subject to quarantine in Hambantota.

England had been due to undertake a similar two-Test trip to Sri Lanka in March this year, but it also ended with the tourists leaving early as the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold.