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England call up Rory Burns, Joe Denly & Olly Stone for Sri Lanka tour
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England call up Rory Burns, Joe Denly & Olly Stone for Sri Lanka tour

England have called up uncapped Surrey opener Rory Burns to the Test squad to face Sri Lanka this winter – the first tour since Alastair Cook’s retirement.

Burns, 28, captained Surrey to the County Championship title this year and is the leading scorer in Division One, with 1,319 runs at an average of 69.42.

Kent batsman Joe Denly and Warwickshire fast bowler Olly Stone are also named in the Test squad for the first time.

England face Sri Lanka in three Tests in November.

Denly, 32, previous played nine one-day internationals and five Twenty20 matches for England in 2009 and 2010.

He has hit three centuries to help Kent win promotion from Division Two this season, scoring 798 runs at 36.27, and he provides England with an additional leg-spin option, having taken 20 wickets at 18.9 this year.

Stone, 24, was named in the one-day squad to tour Sri Lanka on Wednesday and has taken 37 wickets at 12.27 for Warwickshire in Division Two this season.

Somerset left-arm spinner Jack Leach has been recalled for the first time since his Test debut against New Zealand in March.

Lancashire opener Keaton Jennings retains his place, despite struggling during a summer in which he scored 192 runs in six Tests at an average of 19.20.

More to follow.

Source BBC News

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