BOLTON leg spinner Matthew Parkinson has been named as a reserve for England's Test squad for the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

The 24-year-old, who is yet to make his Test debut for his country, is one of seven players who will travel to Sri Lanka alongside the 16-strong squad which also contains Parkinson's Lancashire teammates James Anderson and Jos Buttler.

Red Rose seamer Saqib Mahmood has also been named as a reserve.

Parkinson's fellow spinners, Jack Leach, Moeen Ali and Dom Bess are all included in the Test squad.

Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes have been rested for the tour and will return in February for the Test series against India.

The National Selectors will provide a block of rest for all multi-format players at various points over the winter period.

Surrey batsman Rory Burns misses the tour as his wife is expecting their first child during the second week of January.

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 rehab in readiness for the four-match Test series against India starting in February.

The touring party depart on January 2 and will play two Test matches behind closed doors at Galle International Cricket Stadium on January 14-18 and January 22-26.

England Men’s Test Squad: Joe Root (Yorkshire) (captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Dom Bess (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

Reserves: James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Amar Virdi (Surrey)