The England tour of Sri Lanka starts today, at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium. The two teams will play each other in the first of the scheduled five ODIs, starting on October 10 and ends on October 23. Dinesh Chandimal will lead the home side with Angelo Matthew’s absence since the Asia Cup. Angelo Matthews was axed from captaincy and entirely from the squad after the Asia Cup, among concerns over his fitness and running between the wickets. 

England vs Sri Lanka Head-to-head in ODIs: 



Matches – 69, Won(by England) – 33, Won(by Sri Lanka) – 34, Tied- 1, NR- 1.

In the last Five ODI Matches:

Matches- 5, Won(by England) – 3, Won(by Sri Lanka) – 0, Tied- 1, NR- 1.

England’s 16-man Squad:


Squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

The Probable XI for England:


Probable XI: Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Eoin Morgan(captain), Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler(wicketkeeper), Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Olly Stone. 

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales were included in England’s one-day 16-man squad to tour Sri Lanka, after being charged with bringing the game into disrepute for the incident outside a Bristol nightclub last September. England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes was found not guilty in August this year, while Alex Hales was not charged. The independent Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) hearing will be held on 5 and 7 December. Meanwhile, they could make their ODI comeback for England in today’s ODI match. 

Uncapped Warwickshire fast bowler Olly Stone was incorporated into the ODI squad and might make his international debut for England today. Stone got his place into the ODI squad as a replacement for Liam Plunkett who will miss the first three matches of the series to get married. Stone is currently one of the quickest bowlers in the country and has been a regular this season after recovering from previous injury problems. In this year’s Royal London One-Day Cup, Stone was the highest amongst wicket-takers, with 12 wickets at 28.17.

England would want to play both spinners, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid. While the former is a regular all-rounder option, Rashid would be integral in the spinner-friendly pitches of Sri Lanka.

The Schedule for ODIs

1st ODI (D/N) – Dambulla: Wednesday, October 10, 2.30 pm Local Time
2nd ODI – Dambulla: Saturday, October 13, 9.45 am Local Time
3rd ODI (D/N) – Kandy: Wednesday, October 17, 2.30 pm Local Time
4th ODI – Kandy: Saturday, October 20, 9.45 am Local Time
5th ODI (D/N) – Colombo: Tuesday, October 23, 2.30pm Local Time

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