England v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, The Oval

England set off on World Cup path

The Preview by Alex Winter

May 21, 2014

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Sri Lanka will be tough to turn over

Match facts

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Start time 1pm local (1200 GMT)


New era, new kit: Alastair Cook got England up and running, Scotland v England, only ODI, Aberdeen, May 9, 2014
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The World Cup preparation begins here. Certainly for England who will want to quickly establish a winning formula and regain some confidence in the 50-over game as the ODIs tick down towards Australia and New Zealand next year. Hammered in Australia over the winter, they will want to return in eight months' time having rebuilt a team to challenge.

Having found some ODIs success, certainly at home, England could look positively towards the first World Cup in familiar conditions since 2003 but the winter's upheaval has left huge holes in England's ODI side. This series begins the process of trying to find replacements for Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Graeme Swann. Early-season England will of course present markedly different conditions to what will be encountered at the World Cup but England do not have time on their side: every ODI must be utilised for regeneration.

But England are perhaps in better shape than it may appear in ODIs with a solid experienced core of Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara, and Jos Buttler now well established. Their bowling attack though poses more cause for concern. What about the pair of James'. Is Anderson the man for Australian wickets? And is Tredwell good enough? Samit Patel's early-season form was not enough to persuade the selectors although Mick Newell gave a strong suggestion that the door is not closed.

Sri Lanka are in far better shape and have an impressive record at major tournaments behind them. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara are playing on in ODIs until the World Cup, and Sangakkara will keep wicket here, which gives them two world-class players to build their side around. They have been flying in one-day cricket recently with World T20 success following an unbeaten campaign in the Asia Cup and they have seam bowlers who can thrive in English conditions.

Form guide

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In the spotlight

Australia went after him and James Tredwell became not nearly as tricky as he proved before he met the baggy greens. Now he faces a question mark over his ability to provide 10 solid overs and with two touring sides this summer well versed in playing spin bowling, this is a big summer for him to try and prevent England experimenting with other slow options.

Thisara Perera probably belongs the 'agricultural' bracket of batsmen but, as he showed in the T20, it can be mighty effective at giving an innings a late kick. He has the power to clear any boundary - and the ones at The Oval are long - and if he has a platform which allows him freedom he can explosive. His bowling also helps to balance Sri Lanka's line-up

Team news

Ian Bell and Alastair Cook are set to open the batting for England which leaves Michael Carberry, Joe Root and Gary Ballance competing for the No. 3 and 4 spots. England have a choice between Tim Bresnan and Chris Woakes but neither could play if Harry Gurney suitably impressed in Tuesday's T20 to earn an ODI debut.

England (possible): 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Ian Bell, 3 Michael Carberry, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Ravi Bopara 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Chris Jordan, 10 James Tredwell, 11 James Anderson

Sri Lanka have the handy little pair of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara to return, with Sangakkara set to keep wickets. That denies Dinesh Chandimal the gloves and he could make way so Lahiru Thirimanne can keep his place. They could play two spinners and try to exploit England's weakness with pace off the ball.

Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Lahiru Thirimanne, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Sachithra Senanayake, 9 Ajantha Mendis, 11 Lasith Malinga

Pitch and conditions

The pitch is the same as for the T20 on Tuesday. It gripped a little and could encourage Sri Lanka to play two spinners. The forecast is for some showers but generally warm and sunny.

Stats and trivia

  • Sri Lanka have won 10 and lost 11 of their ODIs against England in the UK, including a 5-0 clean sweep on their 2006 tour.

  • The team's last meeting came in last year's Champions Trophy, also at The Oval, where Sri Lanka triumphed by seven wickets.

Quotes

"It does help when you've beaten a side. Certainly in our camp, you'd feel a lot better. But with a few different players coming back in you won't look too much into the Twenty20 game."
Alastair Cook is confident the T20 loss on Tuesday won't affect his side.

"We always had confidence coming from a World Cup victory. We needed that T20 win to tell ourselves that we are good enough to compete against these guys on their home soil."
Marvan Attapatu is pleased his side have got an early win under their belts.

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Posted by Indians-love-flattracks on (May 22, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

Priyanjan is rubbish, his technique is woeful, and feet movement almost non existent. Cant believe what the selectors see in him...he shouldn't get anywhere near the team.

And Vithanage looks like a pot shot heaver...you can get lucky but not reliable

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

good sl team selection

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 11:08 GMT)

England not playing their best T20 player (Alex H) in any ODIs. This guy has very good experience in playing in AUS. why he not in the worldcup probables? he is better than Cook. i think ENG selectors are afraid they need to drop their favourite son Cook if they need to bring AH.

Posted by Kapili_Buster on (May 22, 2014, 10:55 GMT)

@Chirath Ratnayake : You are absolutely right, Other than Kusal, who else has the looks of Sanath, Chris Gayle etc? That is the most important thing..!

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 10:54 GMT)

chandi should play ahead kusal.

Posted by Mud-Catcher on (May 22, 2014, 10:44 GMT)

@Kavindu Darshana, Don't worry, Kusal will play forever, since he has a MARVELOUS RECORD outside Bangladesh (BATTING AVERAGE 14.2 from 21 ODIs & Average of 2.8 in ENg/Ireland). Kusal opened the GOLDEN GATE (for other top-order batsmen to carry the burden) within the first 5 overs, 12 times in 19 innings that he opened, since June 2013 (within 3 overs in all 9 consecutive 50over/T20 innings that he opened in Eng/Ireland - record:( 0R-01B, 4R- 2B, 1R-3B, 0R-4B, 6R-10B, 4R-10B, 10R- 10B)! Way to GO... KEEP it Up SL... Drop Chandimal or anyone to Keep our super Hero Kusal!

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

It seems to be some people who has commented here don't have an idea of Sri Lankans squad as they have mentioned K Vithanage. HE IS NOT IN THE SQUAD. My playing side is (should be) 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Lahiru Thirimanne, 6 D Chandimal, 7 Angelo Mathews (capt), 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Sachithra Senanayake, 11 Lasith Malinga England have done a big mistake in not picking Hales. At the moment London's sky is little bit gloomy and hope there will be some sunshine later of the day. Good luck to the both teams and hoping SL's eventual victory.

Posted by CricketPissek on (May 22, 2014, 10:22 GMT)

I don't think that probable XI is right for SL. I believe Chandimal and Herath will play instead of Sachi and Mendis. The Oval doesn't turn like it did in the 90s/00s. SL will pack the batting to score 300+ and use Malinga, Kula, Mathews, and TP. With Dilshan and Thiri also chipping in

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

Chandimal should play today base on his practice match performances against England.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

england need the calibre of alex hales stuartbroad tim bresnan and the im should be cook bell hales morgan bopara root butler bresnan broad jordan anderson/treadwell plus the best of newcomers acomplete mix of youth and exp

Posted by premilrd on (May 22, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

Chandimal must play today. He has shown very good application to these fast & seamy wickets.

Posted by Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on (May 22, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

For sure I know these players will play unless injured,

1. Dilshan 2. Sanga 3. Mahela 4. Thirimanne 5. Mathews 6. Thisara 7. Kulasekara 8. Malinga

For remaining 3 slots selectors will go with either 2 bowler 1 batsmen or 1 bowler 2 batsmen combination.

1 or 2 from(Most likely 2),

Kusal/ Chandimal/ Kithuruwan/ Priyanjan

1 or 2 from (Most Likely 1),

Mendis/ Senanayake/ Lakmal

I would select Chandimal, Kihuruwan and Senanayaka.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

What rubbish "agricultural" about Thisara Perera. Is that why he has been bought by an IPL franchise too. He is effective and he is a good 20x20 and ODI player. How about Butler who goes for scoope, ramp shots. He is effective too.

SL have a very formidable team. Only thing they have against them is the UK unpredictable weather. Get the sun on their backs and they start to play excellent cricket. SL have won more ICC trophies than most . So do not rubbish them.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

No need to drop Kushal Perera as SL badly need that explosive start and we all know Dilshan is not the explosive batsman he once was... So we need Kushal to get that start.... Dont forget how Sanath blasted English bowling in 2006.... Also Kushal is very young and inexperienced.... So give him some time.... Dont forget he hit his maiden century in Bangladesh and did very well in the t20 world cup too.... What about blasting Dale Steyn for 18 runs in the first over,.,. So Chandimal should sit out. ... Kushal, Dili, Sanga, Thiri, Mahela, Mathewes,Thisara,kula, Sachi,Mali, Lakmal/ Mendis

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

I don't think SL will play two spinners

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 8:22 GMT)

refer my last comment, if SL choose CHATHURANGA then that's to give xp for youngster, but we should try to win first 3 matches, after that we can test the youngsters. SL wont drop KUSAL same as RCB wont drop chris gayle though he is out of form. SL might get collapsed in batting, that usually happens in the first match of a series. But we never know wat would happen since, CRICKET IS A GAME OF GLORIOUS UNCERTAINTEES.

Posted by latnadu on (May 22, 2014, 8:22 GMT)

im not worried about this tour. but as a crick lover i probably following this series as well. even SL got whitewash by EN, SL team will find a way to reach the finals in 2015. that's there strength,

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

No worry for Srilanka because no HALES

Posted by Metro-ant on (May 22, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

Bring on the test cricket already!

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

SL is in a good place to win the series, with the confidence shown in the first t20 will help SL a lot, DAMMIKA PRASAD should have a go instead of LAKMAL, LAKMAL should learn how to ball accurately, he is not giving 100%, he just balling and very rarely ball in good line, DAMMIKA doesnt have much pace but in these tracks when ball bounces it will get pace, MENDIS is out he cant ball in these pitches, his balls will be just only straight balls, THIS MY X1 1.KUSAL 2.DILSHAN 3.SANGA 4.CHANDI 5.MAHELA/THIRI 6.THIRI/MAHELA 7.MATHEWES 8.PERERA/SACHITHRA 9.KULE 10.DAMMIKA/SACHTHRA 11.MALINGA

It will be a brave choise between Sachithra and Dammika, or else Perera can be rested trusting our batsmens, and also Dammika can take the long handle too. KITHRUWAN is not in the squad and if KUSAL gonna miss this then THIRI can open which allows DAMMIKA, PERERA,SACHITHRA in to the team. But this isnt world cup so SL should give another chance for KUSAL, if he fails he have to sit on the bench

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 6:58 GMT)

Dinesh Chandimal was the most successful Sri Lankan player in England and Australian greeny pitches. So he must have a chance as he played all the matches really well except last T20.

Posted by CodandChips on (May 22, 2014, 6:55 GMT)

it's a real lottery between Carberry or Ballance because both have been so useless for England in their previous appearances. So I put my Hants hat on and select Carberry and try to get him to play freely, though I doubt it'll work.

Gurney over Woakes or Bresnan because he is by far the best bowler.

From the squad: 1.Cook 2.Carberry 3.Bell 4.Root 5.Morgan 6.Buttler 7.Bopara 8.Jordan 9.Tredwell 10.Anderson 11.Gurney

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

I thought Alistair Cook was captaining the 50 over side is there a change? or is it an error?

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 6:51 GMT)

@eranga well said mate 2 from sanga,dilshan,mahela 3 from ashan,thiri,chandi,kusal should play

Posted by CodandChips on (May 22, 2014, 6:49 GMT)

I hope England do something they don't usually do in making sure everybody gets a game (maybe not Bresnan). It will be really frustrating to those counties losing their players just to sit on the sidelines, and it will not be helpful to those players, who would benefit from playing cricket. Perhaps England should select smaller squads in home series to minimise damage to both players and counties.

Posted by cricat16 on (May 22, 2014, 6:39 GMT)

I know maven's and Sana's plan after 2015 w/c when big 3 retired .open Thirimanna and Mathew 3. Thirimanna 4 . Mathew 5 . Thirimanna 6. Mathew then follows Thissara and bowlers . Chandimal , Vitanage and Priyanjan will only be used for practice matches . but people will always complain and write articles on they are not scoring 50's or 100's in international matches . How is their simple plan :P

Posted by St.John on (May 22, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

A well balanced preview by Alex Winter. Yes, England have lost key players in KP,Swan,Trott, but they can take heart in the fact that key players and legends can be replaced with resounding success. Sri Lanka showed this clearly when Mahela Jayawardene and Sangakarra didn't play (Retired) in the T20 which SL won.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 6:13 GMT)

LOL some cricket experts put kithruwan name in their ODI team! hai guys he isn't in the squad to play!

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

chandimal should play instead of flat track batter kusal janith! he never scored 10 runs in England or Ireland in a ODI (including practice matches) playing around 10 games! he will last along only 10 balls maximum against anderson!

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

After relieving captaincy roles roles, selectors should give few more chance to Chandimal. If he is not coming to form, Kithruwan and priyanjan are on the queue.

Posted by CodandChips on (May 22, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

The issue of preparing for a world cup which is away is that the conditions are so different. As Strauss said in his autobiography, ODI cricket in England is completely different to the rest of the world, like a totally different format because of the conditions. Maybe we should treat it as a different format in both personnel and approach.

@Rezmata Kieswetter was a woeful keeper for England. I reckon Somerset stuck with him over Butter cos they realised they'd have more access to him in the future

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 5:41 GMT)

Sanga and mahela should be included to the team only on rotating basis so that youngsters can be provided more opportunities. Since Mahela has been totaly inconsistant for last two years and he scores well only in home conditions Mahela can be dropped allowing youngsters more chances to groom.

Posted by Artificialintelligent1 on (May 22, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

This is the XI, if they need to give a chance to Kusal, 1.Dilshan 2.Kusal 3.Sanga 4.Thiri 5.Chandi 6.Mahela 7.Mathews 8.Perera 9.Kule 10.Sachi 11.Malinga

If Kithruwan is playing Thiri can open with Dilshan and Kithruwan can come at No.6 after Chandi and Mahela

But IMO it'll be better if they can test these two guys after the first three ODIs

for the first three ODIs this XI will be better 1.Dilshan 2.Thiri 3.Sanga 4.Chandi 5.Mahela 6.Mathews 7.Perera 8.Kule 9.Sachi 10.Lakmal/Mendis 11.Malinga

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 5:34 GMT)

Mawan, Plase make room for Kithruwan. My sufgestion, Dilshan should step down

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 5:26 GMT)

it is silly if will drop chandimal .he is the most successful player in bouncy pitches other than sanga..his way added lots of value.he is better to kusal in England and saw his confident there. we don't need to push him back. just make sure play best 11 of the day ..then easily we can win..

Posted by Cric-Aus-SL on (May 22, 2014, 5:25 GMT)

Chandimal should play, He is more of a overseas performer than a flat track bully..

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 5:09 GMT)

I think this is Sri Lanka's good ODI team,today i'm waiting eagerly

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 4:55 GMT)

my team 1.dilshan 2.kithruwan 3.mahela 4.sangakkara 5.thirimanne 6.mathews 7.de silva 8.thisara 9.kulasekara 10.sachithra or lakmal 11.malinga

Posted by anver777 on (May 22, 2014, 4:35 GMT)

Good balance SL side & obviously they will go as favorites in this ODI series !!!!

Posted by first_slip on (May 22, 2014, 4:22 GMT)

"Thisara Perera probably belongs the 'agricultural' bracket of batsmen", Sir, if you want to see agricultural' bracket of batsmen here are some names, Cook,Pieterson,Dhoni,Warner, Perera is Ultra Aggressive but not agricultural as yo think,

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 4:13 GMT)

thrimanna should open and chandimal must play at no5.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 4:13 GMT)

i thnk sri lanka is the favourites here...dey have a good mix of class and x factor...but england is full of orthodox players...yes everyone has the class...but i dont see a name which will run through the lankan batting line up

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 4:04 GMT)

@ Mahiin_D_Ananda: You should definitely be a Royalist. I am a Royalist too, but don't be that biased. Kusal has done nothing to prove he is a fast track batter and Chandi has proved number of times he is very good on these tracks. Rambukwella? Are you crazy? Mubarak should be in the test team not ODI Bhanuka has to wait

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 3:41 GMT)

Sri Lanka have the upper hand in the odi series. The Team is in great for from the start of the year. And SL team is high in confidence with a win to start the tour. England have been good in their soil. But I think SL have a better chance with the win of the Asia cup. Going undefeated through out the tournament.

Posted by rezmata on (May 22, 2014, 3:09 GMT)

With the top 4 being 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Ian Bell, 3 Michael Carberry, 4 Joe Root I dont see the Brits making use of the first 15. They are leaving all too late. Butler is not good behind the stumps - Solution: Bring in Kieswetter play him at 7, Let Butler open the innings and free his arms, he might even learn how to build an innings, its worth the investment to try it out. Im sure he'd be a world class player then, rather than bit and pieces player now. Root Just rolls his arm, NOT a bowler. 50 over games hes gonna leak runs. Tredwell needs a good parnter. Moin is going to be a good foil for him, LHB and RHB in tandem. Also Moin brings a new dimension to the top order. Carberry is expired berry if the WC is the focus, we are wasting time. Who plays 50 overs games with only 2 specialist bowlers? the two Chriss' are all rounders who havent proven themselves yet, so why play both on the same game? At best they will contain, wickets will come only if they are lucky.

Posted by madaks on (May 22, 2014, 2:56 GMT)

Yes. It is better to keep out Kusal Perera and include Dinesh Chandimal. Agree wit gsamiru.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 2:54 GMT)

@rajcan you're absolutely right, tharanga who is in good form but unfortunately our selectors neglect to select that sort of player.It's a shame..

Posted by cjchanaka on (May 22, 2014, 2:26 GMT)

First of all great win by world champs,someone may say it was a close game but that's the nature of t20.Anyway I can't agree the omission of lakmal.He bowled fairly well despite his figures.Generally he bowls with better accuracy in ODIs & tests.So I pefer him to sachi or mendis.Kusal should be open for first 2 games.If he will fail thiri can replace him with the inclusion of chandi in to the team.We have more quality,balance,experience & confidance,what else we need.GO LIONS................

Posted by Die_Hard_Indian_Cricket_Lover on (May 22, 2014, 2:12 GMT)

1. Dil 2. Thiri 3 Sanga 4 Mahela 5 Chandi 6 Kithuruwan 7 Mathews 8 Thisara 9 Kule 10 Sachithra 11 Malinga

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 2:09 GMT)

England bowling looks a bit vulnerable if they field this side as they will have to go to Root, Bopara and Tredwell for 20 overs against a side who play spin and gentle medium pace with relative ease. What if one of the pace bowlers had a bad day? If Kusal can be patient against Jimmy Anderson I smell carnage

Posted by cricat16 on (May 22, 2014, 0:01 GMT)

If someone has best track record in a England and performed best in practice matches to prove that record is true . And if every one knows he is the best fast track young player in the team . . and if also SL thinks he is a middle order batsman and that spot is there to fill for the match . What can be done by that player if management not selected him and allocated another player there yet replacement player is not a future middle order batsman. @Leonard Vittachi -- Please people at least dont write bad comments he shuold be in pain .

Posted by Kapili_Buster on (May 21, 2014, 23:50 GMT)

@Prageeth Anjula: You are right... Chandi has no place, when Kusal plays. But Why only Kusal ? What about Bhanuka Rajapakshe, Rambukwella & even Mubarak ? In my honest opinion, they all should be in the playing 11 to make a Real-Difference in SL cricket and lift the standard to a sky high level. Thanks to the SLC 's most valuable regeneration program, we can see a Glowing Bright Future for SL cricket, when all this is fulfilled in very near future. The only problem is, this cannot be applied to the bowlers, since they are a rare bread, that even a lookalike cannot be found within the sacred territory. Otherwise, by now, we would have seen another set of juggernauts replacing the bowlers like Malinga, Kulasekera, Lakmal etc. This could have added more Glory to the glistening futur of SL cricket..

Posted by cricat16 on (May 21, 2014, 23:38 GMT)

OMG , again thirimanna is going steal the place chandimal deserve. This happened from long time . after seeing chandimal was the best performer during ENG tour matches they put thirimanna there . I think sri lanka is going to play open to 6 down from only mathews and thirimanna after big 3 gone . No5 place should be the place Chandimal , Vithanage and priyanjan fight head to head . But unfortunately some one allocate thirimanna in the middle order with destroying middle order future players . It is a very negative tactic . While negative batting of thirimanna , some one should have to score in the rate to win (perera does this days) . If management encourage to bat in the style of thirimanna a SL U19 player will fill that role . If Chandimal , Vithanage and priyanjan is taken care as thirimanna those 3 will pass don bradman

Posted by Herath-UK on (May 21, 2014, 22:58 GMT)

This Sri Lankan side has the potential to give another Jayauriya type 5 nil thrashing to England.It is oozing with confidence,no wonder after T20 & Asian Cup Triumphs. Releived,the elite panel of umpires are taking charge,the T20 umpiring was below par,uncharacteristically in England.With these good powerful showings Sri Lanka deserve a chance to play in the summer in future,hopefully ECB is wise about it.

Posted by IndianInnerEdge on (May 21, 2014, 22:53 GMT)

The series should be interesting and good to follow. For Eng fans, the whole 'New Era' is media generated cotswoddle, basically it is a label attached to make something more attractive, like steve waugh calling the 2001 tour of india 'the final frontier' although in a different context and meaning and his intention was not to capture eyeballs with that comment. Any ways, any fan buying into the whole hoopla of 'new era' is misled, basically no single team or their followers of ANY sport has a monopoly on the no 1 position or to win every time they set foot on the field, all that talk about claiming what is 'rightfully theirs' is again media twaddle bordering on arrogance. England are a good side and should perform well in their home summer, donot know about SL but India with their pop-gun pathetic pace atack should be easy pushovers, the question is if they can sustain it when touring SA, Aus, India etc. I request cricinfo to publish this....

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (May 21, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

You've got Morgan listed as captain there Alex instead of Cook; as jackiethepen says (and is indicated in the legend to the photo), Cook hasn't handed over the reins (yet?)...

I don't mind Bell opening in ODI's; it's the T20's I wish he'd stay clear from. Good luck England!

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

Chandimal should play. he was the srilankan best batsmen in the warm up matches. So he should play. it's better to open thiri with dilshan. kusal is not in a good touch.

Posted by gsamiru on (May 21, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

With new odi rules, specially with only four fielders in the outer ring at the back end of an inning, odi cricket doesn't require openers with strike rates of 100 along with an average of 10-20 any more, unlike in the past. The strategy should be to keep wickets in hand while going around 5 runs per over until 30-35 th over and the try to accelerate the in the remaining overs. You can simply double, whatever the score you got by 30th over in the remaining 20 overs if you have enough wickets. ....... On this basis I prefer Thiri opening with Dili allowing Chandi to be in XI. ..... Anyway Best of Luck SL ....... !

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

You kidding me? One of our best batsmen in these conditions, Chandimal, will make way for someone else??? He was in fine form during the warm-up matches, in fact, better than Thirimanne, even when he had to come in at No. 7. He should definitely play, especially if SLC are thinking that Thirimanne and Chandimal are the future. Wish these two get the chance to play higher up in the order, maybe Sanga and Mahela should play around Thiri and Chandi?

Ajantha Mendis just shouldn't play and as many have said, Chathuranga de Silva should instead. Dilshan will bowl as well. Two spinners, including Senanayake, and one part-timer.

Good luck, Lions!

Posted by osteo on (May 21, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

Sri s next positive is 2 fast bowl all rounders hence team work

Posted by KingOwl on (May 21, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

I think SL has got a lot of bench strength and they will have great back ups if some don't perform. I think SL will also experiment a bit with different combinations, depending on how the series goes. England are a top side at home. SL will have to fight hard to win. If the weather remains warm, it should be a cracker of a series.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (May 21, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

So when does the "New Era" actually start then? We were told it was the Scotland match, which wasn't a challenge, then we were told it started with the T20, now the first ODI is the start of the "New Era". When we get stuffed in the ODIs the new era will officially start with the Lord's Test. Or more likely there will be no "New Era" and nothing will change

Posted by CodandChips on (May 21, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

@jackiethepen re Lumb "has he ever played in ODIs"- he made 100 on debut and averaged 55 in the 3 matches, or did you not watch it because Bell wasn't playing?

I prefer Taylor to Ballance. Taylor had an outstanding List A season last year. He was also in the test squad at Old Trafford and the ODI vs Ireland, but hasn't done much since, bar a double hundred for the lions.Unfortunately his county season start hasn't been great. But he can bat through and clear the ropes, so surely he'd be better in the top 3 than Cook or Bell, who both seem unable to lift their tempo. What use is having many players who can bat through to build a platform is they can't stand on it by scoring quickly?

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

I just cannot believe some of you are still talking about Chandimal being in the side, he has been a constant failure for the past 2 years (bar a couple of good innings) he failed rather miserably at the Aisa cup & the T20 world cup and again yesterday.This just proves he may be ok for 1st class cricket, but fails miserably at International level. He needs to be out of the squad and someone new has to be given a chance, otherwise we will pay for this later, e.g. SL persisted with Chamara Silva and Mubarak whilst depriving more deserving candidates resulting in us having a brittle lower middle order for many years, and we are just recovering from those decisions.

Posted by 12thUmpire on (May 21, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

England won't miss KP, Trott, Swann during this home Summer. Against these visitors expect Bopara to perform!

Posted by FreddyForPrimeMinister on (May 21, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

Pity James Taylor won't be playing - he's a class act who needs to be told he's going to be a big part of England's plans going forward. For the same reason I hope Woakes plays - what more do his stats have to do to convince the selectors he's the best all-rounder we've had potentially since Freddy. Ok, he's not express pace, but neither was McGrath, Pollock, Hadlee, Vaas - nor indeed Anderson and Zaheer Khan - all pretty useful bowlers! The lad bowls tightly, gets wickets and though perhaps not yet in form this season, scores runs. Like Taylor, he needs an arm round the shoulder and to be told he can form the bedrock of the side over the next 10 years. I'm afraid Carberry isn't the answer and the jury is still out on Bell's strike rate. Moeen Ali and Root should form our spin options until a class spinner (Kerrigan?) really puts his hand up. That way we have room for the extra pace bowler in Gurney.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

why chandi wont have chance in the team having best AVG agaist ENG and AUS. I hope thiri and dilshan opens and chandi will bat at 5 following sanga and mahela. and chathuranga in as an allrounder.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

I hope thirimanne and dilshan opens for SL and chandi will play at 5.so kusal can rest giving chance to chandi as he is gud at English conditions and make him comfortable for test series too.

Posted by rajcan on (May 21, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Are SL selectors doing justice to cricket?. Are they doing any justice to Tharanga?. Why have they been giving endless opportunity to Kusal who have never made any impact outside of sub-continent.

Tharanga is one of few SL batsmen who have scored 100s in England.

Is it politics or is it Sanath who wants to make Kusal as opener even though he failed over and over.

Please publish this comment, I would like to here from other people how they think about this.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

I think Chandimal and Vithanage should play in ODIs . T20 isn't Chandi's best format and recently in practice matches he showed some colors.

My team for 1st ODI ...

1 Kusal Perera, 2 Mahela Jayawardene, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Lahiru Thirimanne, 6 Kithruwan Vithanage, 7 Angelo Mathews (capt), 8 Thisara Perera, 10 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 11 Lasith Malinga

Posted by jackiethepen on (May 21, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

As far as I know Cook has not announced his resignation as captain of the ODI side. He came close but was persuaded to stay in the job.

Unfair to Lumb? He played in the ODIs in the Windies as a member of the t20 side to give them extra practice. You could say it was unfair to drop him from t20. But has he ever played in ODIs?

I would prefer Taylor to Ballance. Can't think why he's not been selected. There's no reason why Carberry won't be given a chance at either 3 or 4. His opening as been a bit chancy. Cook and Bell are well established.

Posted by YsaKaru on (May 21, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

thirimanne and chandi should be bat at no.3 and 4..... They need to get some experience in these positions.. Chathuraga should play ahead of mendis.... GOOD LUCK LIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Karnain on (May 21, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

Chandimal should be picked ahead of Kusal Perera in these conditions! He averages 39.00 in England and 49.8 in Australia.

Posted by CodandChips on (May 21, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

This will be interesting. New regime, so same or different approach?

Agree with the above sentiments re Tredwell. I've been saying this for a while.

Gurney should play instead of Woakes or Bresnan. He is the better bowler.

Carberry again looked uncomfortable. But his inclusion could suggest a new approach. If Carberry plays he should open with Bell at 3. Ballance has hardly looked comfortable either, so it'll be interesting to see who England go with. I'd still want James Taylor over either of them. And Lumb's ODI exclusion after West Indies is harsh, unfair and surprising.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

Oh dear, so the news starts on how England are going to prepare for the World Cup in 2015. All these plans etc. I've been hearing this since the 1996 debacle.

Posted by Revelation3_7 on (May 21, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

Lions will roar once again, go with the blessings of mighty God guys, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!!!

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

ON an oval pitch lke we saw yesterday , srilanka will beat england anyday of da week hands down !! expect 2 spinners 2morrow from srilanka ... NO CHANCE ENGLAND ... BAD LUCK !!

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

should play chathuranga silva instead mendis

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