Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
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Dinesh Chandimal expects England-like turnaround for Sri Lanka

Dinesh Chandimal expects England-like turnaround for Sri Lanka

The riches at England's disposal are highlighted by the fact that Alex Hales, who made 147 against Australia earlier this year in the world record total of 481 at Trent Bridge and previously held England's highest individual score, is unlikely to find a spot in the starting XI when the series against Sri Lanka begins in Dambulla. Through an ambitious, aggressive and unflinching method England have turned themselves into perennial front-runners. "We've been doing some good stuff and like being favourites", he said.

"I think the guys enjoy the pressure of being the number one side and people wanting to beat us", said Buttler.

Captain Angelo Mathews has been replaced by Dinesh Chandimal for the hosts, who were disappointing in the recent Asia Cup.

Overall, Sri Lanka have lost their last five bilateral one-day series and nine of their last 11.

There might also be a slot for a third spinner, Liam Dawson, ahead of Mark Wood as England try to play the home side at their own slow-bowling game, even though Dawson is unlikely to be needed next summer.

Moreover, the selectors appointed Dinesh Chandimal as the captain of Sri Lanka and dropped Mathews for England ODI's.

Despite losing the old guard of Sangakkara, Dilshan and Jayawardene, Sri Lanka aren't massively inexperienced. Playing away from home on the sub-continent, received wisdom would suggest England will be forced to battle the conditions - the humidity, spin-friendly wickets and slow outfields.

The pair did bring up a notable landmark during their 49-run opening stand, however, becoming the first England partnership to pass 1,000 ODI runs together in a calendar year in just their 18th innings.

Alex Hales, for one, misses out because England can not squeeze him into their line-up and Morgan knows he can not command a place for his captaincy alone. With Liam Plunkett and David Willey absent, Woakes' experience will be all the more valuable.

The abandonment meant Olly Stone's England debut amounted to little more than going through the warm-up and watching his team-mates bat.

Meanwhile, the second position comes down to whether England want three spinners on a wicket expected to turn. "We have two reserve days late in the series so we will get some form of game in and then let's hope the weather gets better".

"Moeen [Ali] and [Adil] Rashid bowled really well in the practice game, we have a really good challenge from both of them".

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