England appoints Jacques Kallis as battle advisor for the test series in Sri Lanka

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Jacques Kallis was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame earlier this year.© Twitter


The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday announced the appointment of former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis as batting consultant for the upcoming two-game test series against Sri Lanka. Carl Hopkinson has been named as a fielding coach, while former New Zealand spinner Jeetan Patel has been named as a spin bowling consultant. England Cricket’s official Twitter handle released the list of appointments Monday.

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Coaches for the English test tour of Sri Lanka are:

Head Coach: Chris Silverwood
Assistant Coach: Paul Collingwood
Wicket-keeper Adviser: James Foster
Fielding Coach: Carl Hopkinson
Batting Consultant: Jacques Kallis
Bowling coach: Jon Lewis
Spin Bowling Consultant: Jeetan Patel

Previously, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer were equipped for the English tour of Sri Lanka, when the ECB named a 16-man squad for the Test series against Sri Lanka. England and Sri Lanka will play two Tests, the first game of which starts on January 14.

The England series against Sri Lanka was postponed in March this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and the rescheduled tour will now be held behind closed doors in Galle. Rory Burns will also miss the red-ball tour, as his wife is expecting their first child in the second week of January.

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Ollie Pope, who is recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in September during the Test Series against Pakistan, will join the squad and continue his recovery in preparation for the four-match Test Series against India starting in February.

After Sri Lanka, England will play a four-game test series against India that starts in Chennai on February 5. Archer and Stokes will return for England in the red-ball series against India.

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