SOMERSET spinner Jack Leach has been named in the 16-man England Test squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

Leach, 27, made his Test debut in New Zealand in March but did not  feature in any home Tests this summer, partly due to misfortune with injuries.

He has taken 29 County Championship wickets at 24.62 this season, including career-best match figures of 12-102 in the recent tie against Lancashire.

The spinner told the club website: “Obviously it’s a very proud moment for me and my family. I’m really excited and I hope the Somerset supporters will be too. I can’t wait to be a part of an England squad again.

“I had a missed call from Ed Smith and I thought I should probably give him a call back! I was really hoping to get that call and luckily enough I did.

“I went out to Sri Lanka with the Lions a couple of years ago, so I know what to expect. That’s the point of Lions cricket, to prepare you for future England tours. To now be going there with the full side is very exciting and I’m really pleased to get this opportunity.”

Surrey opener Rory Burns receives a maiden call-up, while 32-year-old Kent batsman Joe Denly - who last played international cricket in 2010 - is also named in a Test squad for the first time.

Warwickshire paceman Olly Stone is the third uncapped Test player in the squad.

The first warm-up match begins on October 30, with the first of three Tests starting on November 10 in Galle.

England Test squad for tour of Sri Lanka:

Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain
Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire)
Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire) wk
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Rory Burns (Surrey)
Jos Buttler (Lancashire)
Sam Curran (Surrey)
Joe Denly (Kent)
Keaton Jennings (Lancashire)
Jack Leach (Somerset)
Ollie Pope (Surrey)
Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)
Ben Stokes (Durham)
Olly Stone (Warwickshire)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)​