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Morgan, as expected, is not in the announced squad. After scoring only 82 runs in the Test series against Pakistan he failed in limited-over format too, and was seen returning from ground head down every time. That’s why England have decided not to include him in the longer format of the game.

[caption id="attachment_246" align="alignright" width="200"]Considered as man in crisis, Eoin Morgan has not been able to deliver since his comeback Considered as man in crisis, Eoin Morgan has not been able to deliver since his comeback[/caption]

Despite recent losses in the Test arena,  Sri Lanka would be a tough opponent in their homeland. Specially under the new leadership Sri Lanka look determined and an absorbing series is expected.

England have included off-spinner James Tredwell and all rounder Samit Patel in the 16 member squad. Tredwell has played a Test match in 2010 while Samit has not yet represented England at Test level, but a fine performance in limited-over cricket against Pakistan earned him a place in the side.

According to the release from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to Cricnama, the team would leave for Sri Lanka on March 10, but few players would get there earlier to get used to the conditions. England’s batting coach Graham Gooch would supervise the training camp which will include Andrew Strauss, Ian Bell, Steven Davis, Monti Panesar, Samit Patel, Matt Prior and James Tredwell.

England’s national selector Geoff Miller has told that they have selected the team as per the possible conditions in Sri Lanka. No doubt it will be a tough series for England but it would be interesting as well, as players will get another chance to prove their abilities. They will also be able to gain the required skills, necessary to be successful in sub-continent.

First of the two-match series would be played in Galle International Stadium on 26th March, while the second Test would be played in Colombo from 3rd April.
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