European Central Bank defends Sri Lanka schedule after rain affects England's ODI series

  • European Central Bank defends Sri Lanka schedule after rain affects England's ODI series

European Central Bank defends Sri Lanka schedule after rain affects England's ODI series

Sri Lanka's miseries in ODIs continued in the 2nd ODI while England managed to win the match without having to face any trouble.

The injury is understood to have arisen during the second over of his spell in England's 31-run DLS win in the second one-day global in Dambulla - a result that saw the tourists take a 1-0 series lead into Wednesday's third encounter in Kandy.

Joe Denly is to travel to Sri Lanka earlier than expected after Liam Dawson was ruled out of the remaining three matches of England's one-day worldwide series with a side strain.

The opening match was washed out last week.

The 28-year-old bowled six overs and took a wicket in the second ODI win but did not bowl in training on Monday.

The ECB said Kent all-rounder Joe Denly, who was named in the test squad for the tour, has been drafted into the ODI squad as Dawson's replacement.

England already have two other spin options in Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid.

England's preparations for the series were also rain-affected, with a DLS finish to their first warm-up match and the second called off without a ball bowled at Colombo's P Sara Stadium.

As players from both sides waited in the pavilion for skies to clear, the European Central Bank opted to pre-empt further criticism by outlining the slim window available to fulfil its commitment to a three-format visit to the island.