Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Reasons why England can win the ODI series vs Sri Lanka

Reasons why England can win the ODI series vs Sri Lanka

The teams will stay in Dambulla for the second of the five-game series on Saturday. Even a lack of practice, thanks to Sri Lanka's monsoon season, is unlikely to have anyone thinking they aren't favourites.

There won't be any unfamiliarity in England's batting line-up, with the top seven settled, meaning Hales will likely be the unfortunate man to miss out. "We like being favourites, it means we're doing something right", Buttler said, as quoted by BBC.

"In the past I've dropped myself to create opportunities for guys in order to see if they can play at worldwide level or give them an extra chance to prove themselves". When you drop yourself as captain it sets the tone'.

He added that being the number-one ranked one-day side ahead of next year's World Cup on home soil brought its own pressures. After a second consecutive abandonment, only the top four of Roy, Bairstow, Morgan and Root have had any competitive time in the middle.

Chasing a target of over 13 runs per over the English batsmen got off to a very good start and bought up the 50 run partnership.

The reality is that England probably know 10 of their players for the World Cup, with Liam Plunkett perhaps leaving one place unfilled by missing the first two ODIs because of his wedding. "It's been tricky in the past for England sides to come here but we're full of confidence and looking forward to the challenge". The umpires played it really well and gave it plenty of time to get the covers on but when they were taking the water away and the covers off there were about three or four really muddy patches.

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Barkley has been in and out of the team under Maurizio Sarri but started on Sunday alongside Jorginho and N'Golo Kante. No Kevin De Bruyne in the matchday squad seems like Pep is going toe to toe with Klopp with a similar 4-3-3 formation.

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Fit and firing Mark Wood, complete with a new longer run-up, will compete with the exciting option of Warwickshire pace bowler Olly Stone for the quick bowler spot.

England have explained the decision to tour Sri Lanka in the wet season by blaming the packed worldwide schedule which forces some series to be played during out of season months.

Live coverage of England's tour of Sri Lanka is available across Sky Sports digital platforms.

After Sri Lanka had won the toss and chosen to bowl in the first ODI of five, newly instated captain Dinesh Chandimal said he was hoping for a "little bit of moisture in the wicket" to help his bowlers - but rather a lot of moisture was the eventual problem.

'When you look at how England struggled during the last World Cup, the same thing is happening to us at the moment, ' said Chandimal. Meanwhile, Angelo Mathews only managed to score 38 runs from the two matches that he has played in the UAE.

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