England Eye Super League Points Against Knackered SL
The ODI series, which begins in Durham, was always going to be challenging for the tourists after the one-sided nature of the three T20Is, in which England steamrolled a timid Sri Lankan batting order.
- 1 A Violation Of The Protocols Established For The Two Teams
- 2 The Absence Of The Batsmen makes Sri Lanka shaky
- 3 Solidify Sri Lanka’s ODI Batting Order
- 4 Bottom Of The ICC Men’s Cricket World
- 5 England Aiming For Another Clean Sweep
- 6 Stokes and Buttler Will Be Out Due to Injury
- 7 TEAM NEWS
- 8 ENGLAND
- 9 Possible XI:
- 10 SRI LANKA
- 11 Possible XI:
A Violation Of The Protocols Established For The Two Teams
Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, and Danushka Gunathilaka will be sent back to Sri Lanka on the first flight out of the UK after footage of Mendis and Dickwella in Durham’s city center surfaced on social media. Gunathilaka was not caught on camera, but it was later determined that he had been out as well.
The Absence Of The Batsmen makes Sri Lanka shaky
The absence of three seasoned batsmen further affects Sri Lanka’s already shaky batting order. That’s before you include Avishka Fernando, who has been ruled out of the series after ripping a quad muscle in the T20Is.
Solidify Sri Lanka’s ODI Batting Order
Head coach Mickey Arthur stated before the tour that he intended to solidify Sri Lanka’s ODI batting order after a period of chopping and changing so that players could learn their positions.
Bottom Of The ICC Men’s Cricket World
They now sit at the bottom of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League table, having lost five of their six ODIs thus far. Their recent record versus England, who are currently second in the table despite having played three games more than the majority of the other teams, is especially discouraging. Six of the last eight ODIs between the two teams have been won by Eoin Morgan’s side.
England Aiming For Another Clean Sweep
Then England will very certainly aim for another clean sweep. They, too, require it. Their Super League campaign has been a mixed bag thus far. They’ve lost five of their previous nine games and have lost both of their recent series, one against Australia last summer and the other against India this winter.
Stokes and Buttler Will Be Out Due to Injury
With Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler out due to injury, Sam Billings and Liam Livingstone will be looking to make the most of the openings in the middle order. Both are vying for a similar position ahead of the T20 World Cup-they formed an important partnership in the second T20I in Cardiff-and, while this series is a different format, they both scored runs against Sri Lanka in the first T20I in Cardiff.
Because Jos Buttler is out of the series due to a calf injury, Billings will likely grab the gloves and bat in the middle order, where he had some success last summer. Jason Roy is unlikely to play in this match due to a tight hamstring, which could mean Dawid Malan opens the batting, as he did brilliantly as Roy’s replacement in the match at the Ageas Bowl.
Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings (wk), Liam Livingston, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid
Fortunately, Sri Lanka chose a 24-man squad for this tour, ensuring that they have enough players to make up for their forced absences. Given the absence of those listed above, Dhananjaya Lakshan, a 22-year-old batting all-rounder, and Charith Asalanka, another young all-rounder, could be in line for a Sri Lankan debut in the middle order.
Kusal Perera (c)(wk), Oshada Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera
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