Eng v SL highlights today – First one day international from Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium (Sri Lanka) Wednesday 10th October 2018. England’s main selection issue revolves around their third seamer: Tom and Sam Curran offer different angles of attack, while uncapped Olly Stone brings extra pace. Tom Curran’s greater experience perhaps puts him at the head of the queue. Jason Roy missed England’s most-recent ODI with a finger injury but is likely to open alongside Jonny Bairstow in preference to Alex Hales.
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field.
Sri Lanka team/playing XI
WU Tharanga, N Dickwella, MDKJ Perera †, LD Chandimal (c), DM de Silva, MD Shanaka, NLTC Perera, A Dananjaya, PADLR Sandakan, SL Malinga, N Pradeep.
England team/playing XI
JJ Roy, JM Bairstow, JE Root, EJG Morgan (c), BA Stokes, JC Buttler †, MM Ali, CR Woakes, LA Dawson, AU Rashid, OP Stone.
The returns of Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella are likely to be the major changes for Sri Lanka after their early exit from the Asia Cup, with Mathews and Kusal Mendis dropped. Amila Aponso could provide a third spin option if required, while Nuwan Pradeep and Kasun Rajitha are the spare pace bowlers in the squad.
The ground was looking lush on match eve, though the grass is likely to be trimmed further before the game begins. Rainfall interrupted Sri Lanka’s practice and the fact the covers have been on may mean there is some initial assistance for seamers, with spin also likely to play a part in second innings, but the pitch should still be decent for batting.
1st ODI (D/N), England tour of Sri Lanka Highlights