All-rounder Ben Stokes and fast bowler Jofra Archer have been rested for England’s two-test tour of Sri Lanka in January, but both will return for the series in India the following month.

The duo were omitted from the 16-player squad and seven travelling reserves named by the England selectors on Friday.

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“The national selectors will provide a block of rest for all multi-format players at various points over the winter period,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement, confirming both will return for the India series.

England depart on January 2 and will play both tests at the Galle International Cricket Stadium, the first starting on January 14 and the second on January 22. Both will be behind closed doors.

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