England v Sri Lanka, only Twenty20, Bristol June 24, 2011

New beginnings, familiar old faces

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Match facts

Saturday, June 25, Bristol
Start time 1430 (1330 GMT)

Big Picture

With 15 months to go until Sri Lanka host the next World Twenty20 in September 2012, England's preparations for the defence of their title get underway this weekend. Their victorious captain, Paul Collingwood, has been put out to pasture; their point-of-difference seamer, Ryan Sidebottom, has retired to see out his days with Yorkshire. Instead, it's over to the untested leadership of Stuart Broad, whose first match in charge promises to be a stiff challenge against a hard-hitting Sri Lankan line-up with plenty to prove after an uninspiring performance in the Test series.

Broad was not at his best in the Tests either, and despite a brighter finish to the series at the Rose Bowl, his effectiveness was limited in the latter stages by a bruised heel. However, it has been confirmed that he will play, albeit with heavy strapping, and will need to rediscover his A game as he takes charge of a seam attack with limited experience at this level. Chris Woakes impressed with his big-game mentality in Australia, while Jade Dernbach has been there or thereabouts since his shock call-up to the World Cup squad. But neither man has yet featured in a home international.

For both sides, there are more questions coming up than can reasonably expect to be answered in a one-off contest. If Broad thinks he's got it tough, then pity Thilina Kandamby, who will also be making his international captaincy bow in a batting line-up featuring three former skippers in Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya - the latter, of course, a highly contentious selection.

Sri Lanka's bowling will have some bite compared to their toothless showing in the Tests, thanks to Lasith Malinga's return to the fray. England, meanwhile, suffered a scare in training when their new captain tripped over a medicine ball, of all things. He's got a bruise to his dignity to go with the one on his heel. But he's fine.

Form guide (most recent first)

England LWWWW
Sri Lanka WWLLW

The spotlight

Sanath Jayasuriya's return to international cricket at the age of 41 has not been universally welcomed, least of all by certain members of his own team. However, against Worcestershire on Wednesday he did serve notice of his enduring qualities with a hard-hitting knock of 78 from 60 balls at the top of the order. The political implications of his presence are rife, and have the ability to over-shadow the contest itself. But so long as he can justify his involvement by scoring runs, the edge will be taken off the argument against his inclusion.

No player outside the England team has excited more column inches in recent years than Samit Patel, Nottinghamshire's talented and combative allrounder, whose undeniable abilities have been stymied by his stubborn refusal to keep an eye on his waistline. For season after season, his omission from England's squads would be followed by an exasperated quote from Geoff Miller or Andy Flower, and there's no doubt that England would have loved to have him in the subcontinent this winter for an arduous World Cup campaign. Now, at last, he has his chance again. As his Nottinghamshire coach, Mick Newell, told ESPNcricinfo last week: "Good luck ... don't cock it up."

Team news

A new beginning for England, but the team will have a familiar look to it nonetheless. The forgotten men of England's World Twenty20 triumph, Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb, are expected to be restored to the top of the order, with Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright and Graeme Swann joining Broad among the survivors of that triumph. The changes include Collingwood's experience making way for Ian Bell's expertise, while Samit Patel takes on the spinning allrounder role vacated by Michael Yardy.

England (probable) 1 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 2 Michael Lumb, 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Luke Wright, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad (capt), 10 Chris Woakes, 11 Jade Dernbach.

Still no Tillakaratne Dilshan for Sri Lanka. His squashed thumb, courtesy Chris Tremlett, is taking a long time to heal. Mahela Jayawardene moves up to the top of the order, from where he hopes to kickstart a tour in which he's been troublingly short of runs. Angelo Mathews, another talent who was sorely missed in the Test series, will slot into the middle order if he comes through a fitness test tomorrow morning.

Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Sanath Jayasuriya, 2 Mahela Jayawardene, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Thilina Kandamby (capt), 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Nuwan Kulasekera, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Suraj Randiv, 11 Lasith Malinga,

Pitch and conditions

With a day to go until the match there's a bit of grass on the surface to encourage the seamers, with the prospect of overnight rain to keep things fresh. The match itself is scheduled to be dry.

Stats and trivia

  • England and Sri Lanka have faced one another in two previous Twenty20 internationals, most recently in St Lucia during the World Twenty20 semi-final last year.
  • England's seven-wicket victory in that game atoned for their two-wicket loss in their only other encounter, at the Rose Bowl in 2006. Kevin Pietersen is the only England player remaining from that game.

    Quotes

    "I always have a mindset when I walk out onto the pitch that I have to think like a captain, I've been very fortunate to play under the likes Michael Vaughan, Andrew Strauss and Paul Collingwood - some brilliant captains - and I've learnt a lot. I feel 100% ready to lead the side."
    Stuart Broad is braced for the challenge that awaits him on Saturday

    "It is good that I am starting my career captaining at this level with that experience behind me - Mahela, Sanath, Kumar all there. It will be good."
    Thilina Kandamby is happy to see some familiar faces

    Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY gurusinghe on | June 25, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    ohhhhhhhh malinga+sana=will blast england...jaya niyathai!

    come on lions!

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | June 25, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    England should win this match.

  • POSTED BY Mitsui on | June 25, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Give Broad a break. Atleast he is a regular in the English squad whether he deserves it or not. Not sure he is captaincy material but it will sink in and maybe he will change his ways as captain. What I'm sad about is SL being captained by a player who is not regular in a team, not had one impressive T20 performance and has being assigned to captain a team that has Mahela, Sanga & Mathews not to mention a retiring Jayasuriya. Let's hope Mahela & Sanga make decisions on his behalf during the match

  • POSTED BY Garp on | June 25, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    Broad has been given everything by the ECB, not sure exactly why that is but everyone will painfully see today that the job of Captain is far beyond the realm of his capabilities. This is a player who even though is injured has declared himself fit solely because he wants to walk out as Captain of the side. Broad will also deem himself as the best option for the new ball although every time he has been given it in the last 3 years he's failed miserably. This whole 3 separate captain policy is a joke! and the way Collingwood was treated after over a decade of dedication and loyalty is down right insulting. So now we'll get to see the poster boy Broad blame everyone but himself for taking a World Champion side in the wrong direction. Just an utter disgrace to all the great England Captains of the past.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    dilshan's absence is a blow. Offering the captaincy to kandamby is an huge disaster.how these people decided give the job to a player who has no much experience in t20

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    i think this england squad is a perfect T20 squad.. i hope they will stick into gthis for the 2012 T20 worldcup..

  • POSTED BY yorkshire-86 on | June 25, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Anderson is rested, he is the 1 player we cant risk getting injured for the India Tests. As for Broad, he might be untried as captain but he has more about him than the useless Alistair Cook, who proved against the West Indies (where he was officially VC but turned his back and walked away whenever tactics on the field were discussed) that he will never be a good captain. He is a born follower and the ECB need to realise this and groom someone new as Strauss's successor - Prior, Bell, or Broad. As for SL, are they going to be like England in the 'dark ages' of cricket where a man was selected purely as captain? He cant be as bad as Daren Ganga though, who got into the WI side in the mid 2000's as a 'batsmen' despite having the batting average of a typical number 10!

  • POSTED BY C.N.Ekanayake on | June 25, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    gosh sri lankan T20 team z going to be captained by a person who hs playd 4 int. t20 n failed to score a single boundry, jst 13 runs @ a S.R of a 61 :-( this is pathetic.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    were are anderson nd finn..i think englinh men r taking the lankans lightly....y ther is dernbach in the squad...if yu take yur opposition lightly yu will suffer

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    i prefer andrew stauss has a T20 captain.....

  • POSTED BY gurusinghe on | June 25, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    ohhhhhhhh malinga+sana=will blast england...jaya niyathai!

    come on lions!

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | June 25, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    England should win this match.

  • POSTED BY Mitsui on | June 25, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Give Broad a break. Atleast he is a regular in the English squad whether he deserves it or not. Not sure he is captaincy material but it will sink in and maybe he will change his ways as captain. What I'm sad about is SL being captained by a player who is not regular in a team, not had one impressive T20 performance and has being assigned to captain a team that has Mahela, Sanga & Mathews not to mention a retiring Jayasuriya. Let's hope Mahela & Sanga make decisions on his behalf during the match

  • POSTED BY Garp on | June 25, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    Broad has been given everything by the ECB, not sure exactly why that is but everyone will painfully see today that the job of Captain is far beyond the realm of his capabilities. This is a player who even though is injured has declared himself fit solely because he wants to walk out as Captain of the side. Broad will also deem himself as the best option for the new ball although every time he has been given it in the last 3 years he's failed miserably. This whole 3 separate captain policy is a joke! and the way Collingwood was treated after over a decade of dedication and loyalty is down right insulting. So now we'll get to see the poster boy Broad blame everyone but himself for taking a World Champion side in the wrong direction. Just an utter disgrace to all the great England Captains of the past.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    dilshan's absence is a blow. Offering the captaincy to kandamby is an huge disaster.how these people decided give the job to a player who has no much experience in t20

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    i think this england squad is a perfect T20 squad.. i hope they will stick into gthis for the 2012 T20 worldcup..

  • POSTED BY yorkshire-86 on | June 25, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Anderson is rested, he is the 1 player we cant risk getting injured for the India Tests. As for Broad, he might be untried as captain but he has more about him than the useless Alistair Cook, who proved against the West Indies (where he was officially VC but turned his back and walked away whenever tactics on the field were discussed) that he will never be a good captain. He is a born follower and the ECB need to realise this and groom someone new as Strauss's successor - Prior, Bell, or Broad. As for SL, are they going to be like England in the 'dark ages' of cricket where a man was selected purely as captain? He cant be as bad as Daren Ganga though, who got into the WI side in the mid 2000's as a 'batsmen' despite having the batting average of a typical number 10!

  • POSTED BY C.N.Ekanayake on | June 25, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    gosh sri lankan T20 team z going to be captained by a person who hs playd 4 int. t20 n failed to score a single boundry, jst 13 runs @ a S.R of a 61 :-( this is pathetic.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    were are anderson nd finn..i think englinh men r taking the lankans lightly....y ther is dernbach in the squad...if yu take yur opposition lightly yu will suffer

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    i prefer andrew stauss has a T20 captain.....

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    why is kandamby captain ?????

  • POSTED BY pranjalf1 on | June 25, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    What..... ithought if dilshan is out then its angelo matthews is the captain... WTH kandamby is doin there..?................... Even makeshift jayawardene was not bad either. Where is Chamara silva and kapugedera and fernando

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | June 25, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    The strangest thing abuot both teams is their captains - both new and questionalbe, SL's more than Eng given the captain only secures a place in the side because of the captaincy.

  • POSTED BY hare on | June 25, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    I can never forget Yuvraj Singh's hammering of Broad!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    @fazlanka i strongly agree with u. i think kandambi never played in t20 intenational game.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Chandimal didnt fail...To fail SL never gave him a chance even ! He is a terrific player..Despite the failure in the practice match he should be given the chance @ the top order through out the series..SL relies too much on older guys although we have so much of young talents

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    @sidzy- "Broad has the best cricketing brain among young cricketer" what about Mathews ?

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Chandimal should open.. We need mahela in the middle order..+ Now its time to groom chandimal as a top order player. My team Sanath,Chandimal,Sanga,Mahela.Kandambi,Mathews,,Jeevan,Tissara,Randiv,KulA,MalinGA,

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Agree with DCDC. SL won d WC with Sana's aggression bt faild with Classy approach. Hopes He wil Deliver 2 Day

  • POSTED BY subbass on | June 25, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    This should be the start of a very closely fought limited overs series, I honestly can't pick a winner with any confidence, but I would marginally favour England to win the one off T20 and the subsequent 50 over series, but it promises to be very close and hopefully very exciting.

  • POSTED BY Lakmalnj on | June 25, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Sanath Jayasuriya, 2 Lahiru Thrimanna , 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela ayawardena , 5 Thilina Kandamby (capt), 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Nuwan Kulasekera, 9 Suraj Randiv, 1o Lasith Malinga, 11. Cahnaka Welagedara

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    all the best sl sl should over come england, and it would have been nice if Mathews been appointed as a captain for the T 20 format.

  • POSTED BY Allen.Arendtsz on | June 24, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    Sri lanka looks the stronger side from the two SANA would surely want to make an impact due to the fact that this would be his final t20 game

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | June 24, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    Uhh... this is the guy who was hit for 6 6's in a 2020 right? Even swann would of been a better captain in my opinion.

  • POSTED BY Poliwag060 on | June 24, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    Luke wright? Is there a point?

  • POSTED BY DCDC on | June 24, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    Sanath Jayasuriya's return to international cricket at the age of 41 has not been universally welcomed, least of all by certain members of his own team. very well said Mr. Andrew Miller. Truth of the matter is people like aggression of Jayasuriya than the class of Sangakara and Mahela. That aggression brought & induced Srilanka respect and honor than individual class acts did over the years. 40 runs in 5 overs, is all what SL needs from Jayasuriya, that will induce the lost aggression back in the dressing room to play like lions which will not be able to induce by a so called class act.

  • POSTED BY voma on | June 24, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    If people actually looked at Broads stats on crincfo , especially in the shorter form of the game , ie odi and t20/20 . He is a quality bowler , and believe me when his rythm returns the wickets will come . Hes world class !

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    error :: at rose bowl, England lost by 2 RUNS....here it is written two WICKET loss

  • POSTED BY nlight on | June 24, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Theory : with responsibility comes maturity.

    Although England should win this, an out-of-sorts Broad gives Sri Lanka an opening. He really shouldn't be playing by the sound of it, because his fitness status provides cover for failure, if nothing else.

    Apart from Malinga, the SL attack is not world-class, but then nor is England's apart from Swann. England have much deeper strength in batting and if SL bat first and knock up a challenging total, we could be in for an exciting game. That's what I'm hoping for, any way.

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Chandu: Lahiru is an opening batsman in the test squad and was selected ahead of Chandimal becuase we needed an opener to replace Dilshan at test level. He did a good job on first appearance. However, this is a T20. Mahela has opened in T20s with success. So he partners Sanath. Once Dishan returns (hopefully Sanath will leave as he promised) he will open. Tests, ODIs and T20s are totally different games. There are few who can perform equally in all 3 formats. Chandimal cannot afford to keep failing. Regardless however much talented he is, he can loose his place.

  • POSTED BY Sanath-aiyya on | June 24, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Really SLC- Thilina Kandamby as captain??

    Angelo Matthews has to be the future. In selecting Kanadamby as captain - SLC have yet again selected a captain before selecting the team...

    Does Kandamby even play t20>

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    There are two teams playing this match. But most the preview and pre match reports are about Broad and his bruised heel. All the photos show England team practising. Thoroughly biased reporting. Test cricket and instant T20 are totally different. Sri Lanka has got the experience in all departments to go in as favourites.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | June 24, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Commiseration to Broad for the loss at his maiden game! Ranil Herath -Kent

  • POSTED BY Finn92 on | June 24, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Why the hell is Luke Wright still in the squad he's been hanging around like a bad smell for nearly 4 years now and he's done absolutley nothing with bat or ball, kick him out for good! Rashid, Shahzad and Taylor should have got in the squad with maybe even Hales as a dark horse? Bell is too elegant for Twenty20 and his ODI place is far from secure but he's technically the best Test player we've got so be rate!

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Oh dear look at the line ups.....Who's gonna say lankans are not the favourites here

  • POSTED BY chandau on | June 24, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    ERRRR what is Chandimal doing in the line up when Dilly's replacement is Lahiru? Other than that with Ange back in the middle we have good balance. ME think English management is trying to make Broad more responsible by giving him the captaincy of the least long game. After all his petulance has been there fo all to see and has proved to be a chip off the old block. The thinking may be that he will behave better especially with ht umpires due to his position. But i think the opposite will happen and the guy will be more annoying with appeals and theatrics. Thankfully it will be a short game :) cheers

  • POSTED BY cricketissikk on | June 24, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    Rubbish, Broad has not matured enough to encourage and lead a team because he is to wound up in his own little me,me,me world and will review every decision.

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth on | June 24, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Give Broad a chance!. He's a talented bowling allrounder + agrressive body language....a plus at 20/20 cricket. The SL skipper Kandamby in comparision is almost a nonentity. Still, like Broad I suppose he too must be given a fair chance. As for Jayasuriya..he must be under immense pressure. He has nothing to prove regarding cricket acumen & performance but has to produce at least one big score in the 2 matches he plays to avoid being cast as some sort of villain which he is not. And SL players+ others... pls stop hounding the guy for whatever reasons and let it go...Its not like he's going to play on & on...Quoting Shakespeare...'Nothings either good or bad, but thinking makes it so'

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    SaNa have a point to prove !

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Sana hv point to prove !!!

  • POSTED BY World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on | June 24, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    C'mon lankan lions , beat the hell out of them.

  • POSTED BY voma on | June 24, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Hmm yes , i think Stuart Broad will do absolutely fine as our captain . A very fine player indeed

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    I can't think how kandamby gona fit in this sl t20 side. so i think sanga will be the captain for this game.

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    broad is not suitable for captancy since he is not aggresive crickter england surely gonnaa get hammered go sri lanka go"""""""""""""""""""""""

  • POSTED BY DannySW on | June 24, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Good luck Broady, very tough first game. I expect the Sri Lankans to be terrific.

    (Why are you guys sorry? Even if England lose it results from nothing of your doing...)

  • POSTED BY sidzy on | June 24, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Broad has the best cricketing brain among young cricketers well if thats the case he should have been able enough to get away from humiliation when yuvraj hit six sixes off his one over.

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    i am soo sorry broad... u wont be laughing at the end of the game... coz we r gonna thrash u guys.. Go the Lions.. (sl)

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    sorry. but england gonna get hammered

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    broad ?? captain??? ha ha.. i still remember how he made Netherlands to win in the 1st Match, Group B: England v Netherlands at Lord's - Jun 5, 2009

    funny decision!!!!

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  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    broad ?? captain??? ha ha.. i still remember how he made Netherlands to win in the 1st Match, Group B: England v Netherlands at Lord's - Jun 5, 2009

    funny decision!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    sorry. but england gonna get hammered

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    i am soo sorry broad... u wont be laughing at the end of the game... coz we r gonna thrash u guys.. Go the Lions.. (sl)

  • POSTED BY sidzy on | June 24, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Broad has the best cricketing brain among young cricketers well if thats the case he should have been able enough to get away from humiliation when yuvraj hit six sixes off his one over.

  • POSTED BY DannySW on | June 24, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Good luck Broady, very tough first game. I expect the Sri Lankans to be terrific.

    (Why are you guys sorry? Even if England lose it results from nothing of your doing...)

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    broad is not suitable for captancy since he is not aggresive crickter england surely gonnaa get hammered go sri lanka go"""""""""""""""""""""""

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    I can't think how kandamby gona fit in this sl t20 side. so i think sanga will be the captain for this game.

  • POSTED BY voma on | June 24, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Hmm yes , i think Stuart Broad will do absolutely fine as our captain . A very fine player indeed

  • POSTED BY World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on | June 24, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    C'mon lankan lions , beat the hell out of them.

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Sana hv point to prove !!!