England appoint Mahela Jayawardene as batting consultant for Pakistan Test series in UAE


Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has been appointed as the England’s batting consultant on Tuesday for the upcoming three-match Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Jayawardene will impart his knowledge of playing spin during the warm-up period and the first Test match in the UAE, while former England skipper Paul Collingwood was assigned the task to work with the limited-overs squad in the series and during next year’s Twenty20 World Cup in India.

The first Test will commence on October 13 in Abu Dhabi, while the second and third one will be held in Dubai (October 22) and Sharjah (November 1) respectively.

The Test series will be followed by a four-match ODI series and Twenty20 matches. The England’s squad for the forthcoming series against Pakistan is as follows:

Test squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, Mark Wood

ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, James Taylor, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

T20 squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Stephen Parry, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Reece Topley, James Vince, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.


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