England will tour Sri Lanka for a two-Test series in March next year, with 120 ICC World Test Championship points at stake.
The tour will begin on 7 March, the eve of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 final, with a three-day warm-up match against a Sri Lanka Board President’s XI in Katunayake. That will be followed by a second warm-up game, this one a four-day first-class fixture, against the same opposition, between 12 and 15 March, at Colombo’s P Sara Oval.
That will be followed by the first Test that begins on 19 March at the old Sri Lankan fortress in Galle, where Sri Lanka have lost just two Tests since 2015, the last defeat, co-incidentally, also coming against England, when they visited these shores in 2018. The tour will then conclude with the second and final Test at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in the national capital Colombo.
The series is yet another assignment in an already packed red-ball schedule for England, who are scheduled to play 14 Tests between now and next year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November. The last time England toured Sri Lanka, in November 2018, they swept a three-Test series. It was the first whitewash they inflicted in a three-Test series in Asian conditions.