Colombo – In-form England will glance to take care of their one-day momentum forward of subsequent 12 months’s International Cup after they tackle a Sri Lanka facet in disarray within the first of a five-match collection at Dambulla on Wednesday.
However Sri Lanka are anticipated to turn out a lot harder opposition when a three-Take a look at collection starts subsequent month, England’s first for 12 years with out their retired opening rock Alastair Cook dinner.
The sector’s primary ranked 50-over facet, England are favourites in spite of a traditionally deficient report at the island.
England beat India 2-1 in July to report their 8th consecutive bilateral ODI collection win with only a loss in a one-off event towards Scotland tarnishing their report over the last 18 months.
In opposition to Australia at Trent Bridge in June, they notched up a 50-over international report rating of 481 as Alex Hales blasted 147 and Jonny Bairstow 139.
“We nonetheless have a protracted method to move,” England’s ODI captain Eoin Morgan mentioned, with the International Cup simply 8 months away.
“It is taken us 3 and a part years to get to the place we’re, however I believe we are attending to crucial a part of what we now have been making plans against.”
The hosts are nonetheless reeling from the axing of captain Angelo Mathews after a gloomy run of 30 losses of their closing 40 ODIs together with defeats to Bangladesh and Afghanistan in closing month’s Asia Cup.
Sri Lanka’s new captain Dinesh Chandimal neglected the Asia Cup and the previous ODI collection towards South Africa because of damage and suspension however struck 77 in a tradition event towards England in Colombo on Friday.
“We’ve got been attempting to determine the place we’ve got were given issues improper,” Chandimal mentioned. “We’ve got an concept now. We will be able to let gamers regulate to the eventualities.”
The 3 Exams, beginning in Galle on November 6, will be a critical Take a look at for an England facet captained by means of Joe Root who’ve been all-conquering at house however fragile out of the country previously few years.
Sri Lanka beaten the visiting South Africans 2-Zero in July, and feature been constant over the last 18 months, successful away Take a look at collection towards each Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The 3-match collection will finish with a farewell to spin legend Rangana Herath, 40 – probably the most a success left-arm bowler in Take a look at historical past with 430 wickets – who will retire after the general event in Colombo.
England’s most sensible order had a deficient house collection towards India with uncapped Surrey captain Rory Burns having the daunting taskof changing all-time main England run-scorer Cook dinner as Keaton Jennings’ opening spouse.
Best-order batsman Joe Denly, who supplies an invaluable leg-spin possibility used to be additionally named within the 16-man squad in conjunction with Warwickshire paceman Olly Stone.
James Anderson and Stuart Vast spearhead the Take a look at assault with Sri Lanka nice Kumar Sangakkara predicting England might be no push-over.
“It will be a tricky collection for Sri Lanka towards an England facet who I believe might be smartly tailored to any stipulations we play them beneath,” former prolific batsman Sangakkara mentioned.
“I believe they’re the most productive all-round facet in international cricket for sure, in any stipulations.”
The ODIs might be performed in Dambulla, Pallekele and Colombo’s Khettarama Stadium and the Exams at Galle, Pallekele and Colombo’s Sinhalese Sports activities Membership.
Monsoon rains seem might impact the collection – England’s ultimate warm-up event on Saturday in Colombo used to be washed out.
Sri Lanka ODI squad: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Upul Tharanga, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, Amila Aponso, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha
England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wooden