The England tour of Sri Lanka starts in October, just a week after the finale of the ongoing Asia Cup. The two teams are scheduled to play five ODIs, three Tests and one T20I starting from October 10 to November 27. England leaves for Colombo on September 30 and will play two practice one-day matches on October 5 and 6.
The ODI squad:
The 5-match ODI series starts on October 10 and ends on October 23. England have announced their squad for the same while the squad for the only T20I is yet to be announced.
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
Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been 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. Sam Curran, England’s biggest find this season, has also been included in the ODI squad. The 16-man squad also includes his brother Tom Curran, and if they both feature together in the same ODI match their pair will become the first brothers to play for England in the same match since Adam and Ben Hollioake in 1999.
Uncapped Warwickshire fast bowler Olly Stone has been incorporated into both the squads- ODI’s and Tests. 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.
The Schedule for ODIs
1st ODI (D/N) – Dambulla: Wednesday, October 10, 9.30am Local Time
2nd ODI – Dambulla: Saturday, October 13, 5 am Local Time
3rd ODI (D/N) – Kandy: Wednesday, October 17, 9.30am Local Time
4th ODI – Kandy: Saturday, October 20, 5 am Local Time
5th ODI (D/N) – Colombo: Tuesday, October 23, 9.30am Local Time