Sri Lanka v England

  • Sri Lanka v England

Sri Lanka v England

England captain Eoin Morgan described the abandonment of the first one-day global against Sri Lanka as "frustrating" after rain again interrupted their winter tour plans. While Sri Lanka have largely struggled to get their team balance in order, England have emerged victorious against top sides such as Australia and India in recent times. "It shows we've been doing good stuff and I like being favourites", Buttler told reporters, saying the team were "very confident" and aiming to be "pushing the boundaries".

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl on a dry pitch.

On Tuesday night the indications were that Stone would play in Dambulla in an attempt by England to finally find a bowler with the extra pace and X-factor that have been lacking for them, particularly in overseas conditions. "It's been tricky in the past for England sides to come here". And so while the administrators who scheduled a tour during one of the island's wettest months must surely be feeling sheepish, the England captain, Morgan, fancies it will not be a wasted trip. Once you get there, I think that's when the hard work really starts.

"We were keen to get into the series and get going and play but hopefully we'll have a bit of luck along the way with the weather". That's the challenge and it has its own pressures. Eoin Morgan and his team are the number one ranked ODI outfit in the whole wide world, but the Lankans on their home turf are never to be taken lightly, and England will want to be at it right away here in alien conditions.

All we could manage today is 15 overs. We have some mystery spinners as well. "When the situation comes we have some game plans which we will have to execute". Like Chandimal, he said he would have preferred to chase.

"In the last few days, we worked really hard on our fielding individually and as a group", he said.

England and Sri Lanka play one Twenty20 global before a three-Test series starts on 6 November.