Sri Lanka v England: First ODI abandoned due to heavy rain

Sri Lanka v England: First ODI abandoned due to heavy rain

The Sri Lanka vs England, 1st ODI will start at 2:30 PM IST on October 10.

"We like being favourites, it means we're doing something right".

Monsoon rains appear may affect the series - England's final warm-up match on Saturday in Colombo was washed out.

England's limited overs captain Eoin Morgan has came up with a bold statement that he is ready to drop himself from the XI if it is needed to win the World Cup. It was hardly a shock when England were a shambles at the World Cup.

Sri Lanka have sunk to No 8 in the rankings, have dropped their best batsman Angelo Mathews for fitness reasons and will begin this tour under a corruption cloud amid an investigation by the ICC.

The hosts are ranked eighth in the world following miserable defeats by Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the group stages of the Asia Cup last month, in which they were bowled out for 124 and 158.

The one-day leader insisted on Tuesday he would be prepared to drop himself if necessary, but a good series now would dispel any remote doubts that he might go the same way as Alastair Cook ahead of the last World Cup. "We are trying to build a squad of 16 or 17 to try and win a World Cup, that's the objective".

Despite losing the old guard of Sangakkara, Dilshan and Jayawardene, Sri Lanka aren't massively inexperienced.

England's Mark Wood In action at Headingley
Morgan left frustrated after heavy rain washes out opening one-day match in Sri Lanka

But that is where the positives stop.

Yet even those advantages appear watered down for Sri Lanka.

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.

The bowling attack as well looks largely sorted with Ali and Adil Rashid taking on the spin duties while Chris Woakes, Stokes and Mark Wood will for a change play second fiddle to the spinners on tracks which are likely to turn from the outset. He's a like-for-like replacement in the squad for Liam Plunkett.

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

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

The players do not want to be away for Christmas, there was talk of a Boxing Day Test in Barbados at one point this summer, which pushes the West Indies tour into January leaving no more room in the schedule to play Sri Lanka. Tom Curran's greater experience perhaps puts him at the head of the queue.

Whoever gets the nod, England will be confident of getting off a good start as they look to secure a ninth successive bilateral one-day series.

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