England v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Old Trafford

England chase response to Durham drubbing

The Preview by Alex Winter

May 27, 2014

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Match facts

Wednesday, May 28
Start time 1400 local (1300 GMT)

Big Picture

Nuwan Kulasekara removed England's openers, England v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Chester-le-Street, May 25, 2014
Nuwan Kulasekara beat England at their own game at Chester-le-Street © AFP

Peter Moores' honeymoon period lasted all of one match and after Sunday's inexplicable annihilation at Chester-le-Street, England are back to square one in their quest to win back hearts and minds of the British public. Being slaughtered on a torrid tour in Australia or in alien conditions in Asia can be explained away but the Durham drubbing was a case of seeing is believing for England supporters.

There was no Johnson, no Ajmal, no other mystical beast of terror, England were simply done at their own game and the criticisms of the winter returned, perhaps most concerning that of bowling too short. Nuwan Kulasekara utilised conditions far better than James Anderson - the player brought back to England's ODI team to swing the new ball and take wickets with all the cards in his favour. Anderson needs a response on his home ground.

But of course it was England's batting, losing all 10 for just 80, that shocked most as no answer was found to the high-class swing bowling of Kulasekara, who removed the top three. England need to prove it was just an aberration. And they should be confident in doing so after a smart showing in the first rubber at The Oval, where Malinga and co. were easily dealt with, save Sachithra Senanayake, in a performance that was supposed to point the way to the future.

Sri Lanka will be delighted with their retort to defeat, their first in 11 matches. As a complete one-day unit they are in far better shape than England and at Durham proved that they can play in English conditions. The batting effort should be a fillip for the rest of the tour; they built a solid total without major contributions from Kumar Sangakkara or Mahela Jayawardene. Tillakaratne Dilshan showed the responsibility the twilight of his career must provide and Ashan Priyanjan's late burst perhaps showed what lies ahead.

Form guide

England: LWWWW (last five matches, most recent first)
Sri Lanka: WLWWW

In the spotlight

The boy wonder, Joe Root, has seen his stock fall since last summer. Dropped for the final Ashes Test, he has managed one century and one fifty in his last 16 ODI innings, while a broken thumb ruled him out of the World T20. A shift at the top of the order could leave Root vulnerable at No. 4 and he needs runs to convince he is worth his place.

Vice-captain he may be but Lahiru Thirimanne must be under pressure after two failures against the new ball, with both dismissals to Anderson. You can tack on a single-figure score in Dublin to that run too. Thirimanne needs a score to ensure he keeps Kusal Perera out of the side or doesn't end up being relegated down the order.

Teams news

There is a good chance Alastair Cook will be fit enough to return, so Michael Carberry is likely to make way. England could bring in Alex Hales to partner Cook and move Ian Bell to No. 3, which could see Gary Ballance moved to No. 4 and Root dropped.

England (probable): 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Gary Ballance, 4 Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Chris Jordan, 9 James Tredwell, 10 James Anderson, 11 Harry Gurney

Sri Lanka's success with the swinging ball and bowler-friendly conditions likely at Old Trafford should see them retain the same attack. They could change the top order to take Thirimanne out of the firing line and bring in Kusal. Rangana Herath has arrived and is available for selection.

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

Pitch and conditions

Old Trafford has produced a quick wicket for the last two ODIs - last September's fixture against Australia proved the beginning of Mitchell Johnson's comeback. The weather forecast is no good with plenty of rain expected.

Stats and trivia

  • The fixture between these sides at Old Trafford in 2011 produced an exciting match which England edged by 16 runs. Of England's attack that day, only James Anderson and Tim Bresnan are in the current squad.

  • Sri Lanka have only played five ODIs at Old Trafford, including beating India at the 1979 World Cup. They have beaten England twice here, in 2002 and 2006.

  • England had a miserable record in ODIs at Old Trafford at the turn of the century, losing five straight completed matches from 2001 to 2006. They bounced back to win four on the spin until losing to Australia last September.


    "Certainly from a bowling unit point of view there's some new guys there that i'm getting used to playing with and talking to. It's quite exciting."
    James Anderson is encouraged by England's new attack.

    "We played some positive cricket, and I personally believe that is the way to go against the English team."
    Angelo Mathews identifies the game plan.

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Posted by rajcan on (May 28, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

Srilanka is one of the teams whose team selections are not purely based on talent. When all rounders comes into the team, they are very much under used, always tried to use them as one dimensional players.

I don't recall any medium or fast bowlers in SL setup have ever been or tried to use as true all rounders. Other teams used, Australia, India. Example Watson, Kapil Dev.

When a bowler emerge as a very good batsman, SL never use them to their advantage. E:g, Chaminda Vas, later part of his career he became a very good solid batsman. Now, Nuwan Kulasekara, he has a potential to be a good batsman and to perform under pressure. But they are sending him as a slogger. Tissara Perera's talent is very much wasted. It is not about giving chance to players who have been failing over and over, it is about giving chance to performers and winning matches.

Proven batsman and a great opener who have scored centuries in England warming up seats while Thirimane and Kushal keep failing as openers

Posted by CodandChips on (May 28, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

Good Carberry out. Now send him back to Hampshire. Would have liked to have seen Hales get a game, especially with the likelihood of a shortened game.

Though looking at the weather forecast there won't be much of a game today. Well at least they've done the toss.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

Further to my earlier comment, that is nice to see my suggested team has been selected to play for this match. good luck guys...

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (May 28, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

I stay 15 km frm the stadium in Manchester, it's v gloomy n cold.. Heavy rain expected

Posted by cloudmess on (May 28, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

England are only going to start having sustained success again once they drop the following: Moores, Downton, Flower, Whitaker, Cook (as captain) etc ect

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 11:28 GMT)

I doubt a ball will be bowled today. Rain rain rain.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 11:02 GMT)

Only change sri Lanka need is to DROPP non performing Mahela and include any youngster to the team.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 10:29 GMT)

Chandimal should be given proper chance to bat in top order, last two matches he sent lower order ,he has given no time to settle.In last match he came as a no 7 batsman when only 3 overs were left.even he got 14 only 9 balls using. So I hope he will bat in top order, people who are criticising him did not watch the match only looked at the score card.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 10:17 GMT)

Weather forecast in Manchester is not looking good. It's seem to be some distraction to the match by rain and Sri Lankans has to come against chilly weather (only 12°C through out the day) too. If they can come out victorious in a situation like this it will be marvellous. My SL team for today's match; 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Lahiru Thirimanne, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Prianjan, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Lasith Malinga. SL will be better off leaving Kusal Perera for this match too and can bring him back on the 31st (Lords) as weather is going to be nice and sunny. Best of luck for the both teams.

Posted by ksquared on (May 28, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

If Chandimal is in the team he should bat up the order not at no. 7. Maybe he can open with Dilshan especially if the game is curtailed and SL is chasing. Thisara P. and Herath should also be in the side instead of Thirimanne and Prasad

Posted by Sachit1979 on (May 28, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

Sri Lanka doing the right thing. They are giving opportunity to their budding fast bowlers and spinners in Prasad and Senanayake to grow under likes of seniors like Kulasekra and Herath.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 9:38 GMT)

Hopefully England's Innings will be longer than the Sri Lankan national anthem this time for Michael Vaughan.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 9:34 GMT)

My SL XI 1. Kusal Perera 2. Tilkaratne Dilshan 3. Kumar Sangakkara 4. Mahela Jayawardene 5. Lahiru Thirimanne/ Ashan Priyanjan 6. Angelo Mathews 7. Thisara Perera 8. Nuwan Kulesekkara 9. Sachithra Senenayake 10. Dhamika Prasad 11. Lasith Malinga

Posted by sudaththa on (May 28, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

Yeah... Get mahela rest and give chance to Kithruvan... Nice to see his bating... Give chance to the youngsters..

Posted by disco_bob on (May 28, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

England can't prove the last loss was an aberation due to their sustained and extended woefulness. If anything they need to prove that the initial D/L win was *not* an aberation.

Posted by SDeepalV on (May 28, 2014, 8:35 GMT)

I suggest Lions should go all guns fired, since the 3 Lions should have already prepared them selves with the help of Paul Farbrace. Therefore SL shouldn't be fishing in the early overs with Thirimanne, but must try Kusal, who is a Do or Die guy, whereas Thiri should be given full sessions out door net practices. Chandimal too should be replaced by Thisara.

BTW, Weather forecast is not too rosy in Manchester...


Posted by siltbreeze on (May 28, 2014, 8:34 GMT)

I'm not sure Kulasekara bowled much better than Anderson on Sunday, it's just that the Sri Lankan batsmen didn't give their wickets away quite so easily. Blaming Anderson (as the writer of this preview seems to) is quite ridiculous considering he was by far England's best and most economical bowler and it was the batsmen who lost the game.

Posted by JG2704 on (May 28, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

Personally I'd like to see Hales given a go - for little other reason than we've not seen him in ODIs and it seems a shame to call him away from a Notts match and then not play. Also I don't like Bopara at 6 and for me there is no reason to bat him above Buttler. I think they listen too much to the Sky commentary team without actually seeing what he usually does when he bats up the order for England

Posted by JG2704 on (May 28, 2014, 8:02 GMT)

@SirViv1973 on (May 27, 2014, 21:40 GMT) One of the probs - which Eng create - when you mention Hales not playing much cricket is that Eng pull players away from the county circuit and then not play them. Lumb did ok when he was called up in Bell's absence so why isn't he playing? Could it possibly have something to do with the fact that Lumb is a better 1st class player for Newell's county?

@Codandchips - Have you seen MC's impersonation of Viv Richards? Personally I'm happy with sticking with this bowling line up although it seems a shame that Woakes could be playing 1st class cricket

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 7:47 GMT)

To people criticising Chandimal.... Mahela has been doing far, far worse. Just compare recent performances of the two and you'll see the difference. Chandimal has been under so much scrutiny that Mahela has been able to slip by with his failures, which are also covered up by success from Dilshan and Sanga. If Mahela is dropped, then SL could play Kusal as opener with Dilshan, Lahiru at 3, Sanga, Chandi and Ashan to form the middle order; 1. KJP 2. Dilshan 3. Thiri 4. Sanga 5. Chandi 6. Ashan 7. Mathews 8. Kula 9. Sena 10. Herath 11. Slinga

Posted by tallgrass on (May 28, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

have any of these arm-chair specialists played cricket in conditions where the ball darts around?

Posted by jackiethepen on (May 28, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

John_Geo hasn't a clue what he is talking about. It just shows the uselessness of most of the advice. No wonder England couldn't read the pitch properly. It seems no one pays attention to local conditions. I am a Durham club member. I was at the ground. It had rained for three days prior to the game. 256 was a very good score on that wicket, 30 runs too many because of England's dropped catches and Extras. To say they were 30-40 runs light is to live in a complete fantasy world. Sri Lanka batted extremely well with great maturity. Sanga had been playing for Durham so he knew the local conditions. England lost because they thought they could just score at 6 an over and more and couldn't adapt. Inexplicable? Hardly. Hales couldn't possibly cope opening. It would be utter folly to open with him. Bat him at 4 where KP used to bat.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

My team 1.kusal 2 Dilshan.3 sanga.4.mahela.5.Asan priyanjana.6.mattewes.7.Thisara.8.kulasekara.9.Senanayake.10herath/mendis 11.malinga

England are vulnerable against spinners so why not play two of course all depends on the conditions but if you look at team we have 3 seamers + malinga

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

would prefer to see Kusal opening the batting with Dilshan and followed by sanga,Mahela,Ashan,Thiri / Chandimal,Angelo,Kula,Senanayake,Rangana and Malinga,,,,,,,,,,,,would have liked if the selectors included Kithruwan Vithanage in the squad and gave him a chance by resting Mahela for a few matches.

Posted by Upyoursindia on (May 28, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

@Mannix16, Vithanage and other deserving youngsters are being deprived because some pig headed people in the selection committee do not want to admit that they made a mistake in bringing in Chandimal into the side. He has proved time and time again that he is a failure, but he will continue to be in the side.... that is why Sri Lanka cricket will always take 2 steps forward and 2 steps back.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

I Agree with Certain Comments Which shows above. However Today.s Match is very Important to Both teams.If SL can continue with the same bowling attack Similar to one which they played in Chester - Le Street,the lankans will be able to Jump in to Second Position of the Ranking list.People talk more about Chandimal ofcourse He is a very Batsman. His past Records does not mean that he should play every game in England.we should introduce more attacking young batsman with a view that the next world cup in 2015 and we select the best team to challenge any team.as you all aware Cricket is very unpredictable game.thats what happened in the 2 Nd ODi.Many fans thought That the SL total was 30 Runs short.But the Bowlers Played pretty well and controlled the game.we expect Alex Hales in the team on today,s game as well Experiences Alstair Cook .

Posted by ChanaSL on (May 28, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

Unfortunately we are not going to see a complete 100 overs match. its going to rain today. Therefore SL Should play some hard hitters today. My team for today - 1) Kusal, 2) Dilshan, 3) Sanga, 4) Priyanjan, 5) Chandi, 6) Mathews, 7) Chathuranga, 8) Thissara, 9) Sachithra, 10) Kule, 11) Malinga.

Posted by Cricmaths123 on (May 28, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

My playing 11 for Sri Lanka: 1. K. Perera 2. T. Dilshan 3. M. Jayawardene 4. K. Sangakara 5. L. Thirimane 6. A. Mathews 7. T. Perera 8. N. Kulasekara 9. S. Senanayake 10. R. Herath 11. L. Malinga

Posted by Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on (May 28, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

Thirimanne is a very negative player and having him in the top order can ruin the entire match for Sri Lanka,

The team I recommend :

1. Kusal/Kithuruwan 2. Dilshan 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Mathews 6. Priyanjan/ Chandimal 7. Thisara 8. Kulasekara 9. Rangana 10. Sachithra 11 Malinga

Posted by ms2000 on (May 28, 2014, 5:34 GMT)

Please bring in Kusal and Kitruwan or Chaturanga De Silva Chandimal and Thirimanne can be rested for todays game. We now have enough and more resources and why giving chances over and over again for faliures? What has Chandimal done to justify his place in the playing 11? He is young, let him be there for a while, play some practise matches and then e he can come back. Kusal must be in the 2015 WC wny not give him more exposure?

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

Many experts here are talking about the batting positions of Chandimal and Lahiru. Most of them are suggesting that they should bat at No:03 and 04. However, it seems that Sanga and Mahela are not giving them even a one chance in those places. When the opportunity comes to bat Chandimal at No 05. Matthews is coming out. Both Lahiru and Chandimal is playing places that are not comfortable to them. On the other hand, Lahiru and Chandimal also (Lahiru did in Asia cup) should try bat well what ever the places they are getting like Priyanjan did. Chandimal should rotate his strike rather than going to big shot every ball. .....I think best solution would be selectors to try rotation policy for 3 seniors.

Posted by ground-boy on (May 28, 2014, 5:23 GMT)

Give KJ a chance dropping LT. Give one more chance to Mahela. Sanga and Mahela are capable of guiding SL till WC. Rotate seniors and freshers in the batting order without cementing anybody in a particular slot. Fast scores like KJ, Mathews,Thisara,Kule have to maintain around 100% strike rate. Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan can play anchor roles ensuring 250+ if bat first. SL are historically good chasers. SL balling Dept. currently doing a good job but if ENG batsmen find form they have to change tactics. Eng badly need the services of KP/Hails if they are to keep the series alive. Considering current performances and if above favouring SL are met with,there is a chance of 60% that SL wining the ODI series.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 5:02 GMT)

It's so tempting to throw out Thiri after the two last dismal innings, but to his defence we must remember the many innings he played with a lone hand and saved the game fore SL. I bet the next time he bats it will be a deferent story.

Posted by wackwella on (May 28, 2014, 4:45 GMT)

John_Geo Can't blame Sanga and other top order batsmen for scoring slowly. In those conditions, you must have a good start, with the field restrictions, you can accelerate well in the last over. If SL batted like in sub-continent conditions, they would have been in deep trouble by loosing wickets early.

Posted by John_Geo on (May 28, 2014, 3:33 GMT)

There shouldn't be too much praise for SL in the 2nd ODI considering the way they batted (except Dilshan). They were clearly 30-40 runs short than what could have been an acceptable score. Sangakkara was at his utmost selfish wasting 67 balls for 40 runs and Mahela is consistently failing (is anyone noticing Mahela's performance of late?). Yes consolidation is fine but at least the strike should be rotated without letting so many dot balls. By doing what Sangakkara is doing, he is pressurizing the lower batters to score fast from the first ball. Somehow Mahela and Sanga's substandard performance gets masked by the good performance of others thanks to which they are getting away with murder.

The match was won purely by good bowling +fielding complimented by an extraordinarily lackluster performance by England (which is unlikely to repeat). Nice to see Malinga getting his act together. It is about time Mahela and Sanga are given a ultimatum - "perform or allow someone who can"

Posted by android_user on (May 28, 2014, 3:32 GMT)

my team 1 kusal 2 dil 3 sanga 4 chandimal 5 mayya 6 thiri 7 angi 8 tisara 9 kule 10 senanayaka 11 Mali. we should give place to chandimal batting at top. He is talented player at these conditions.

Posted by Mannix16 on (May 28, 2014, 3:10 GMT)

Why isn't Vithanage in the squad? Seems like he's in some good form. I think forcing Thirimanne to face the new ball is a huge mistake. He is definitely more of a #4 or #5 batsman (he and Chandimal should replace Sangakkara and Jayawardene when they retire).

Posted by Alpalcal on (May 28, 2014, 2:58 GMT)

England will continue to struggle because they keep making poor decisions. Their captain, the leader on the field, led a team to a five-nil defeat in the tests over the winter. He managed to convince everyone that it was not his responsibility - quite how I'm not sure because clearly it was. The new MD of cricket found no one liked KP - so rather than showing leadership he demonstrated a good example of followship - supporting a losing Captain determined to see off anyone who he didn't like. Well, until Cook goes, we will see more and more of the same....

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 2:39 GMT)

Yes totally agree with cricat16. If the wicket is slow, Prasad may replace by Herath of Chathuranga.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 2:25 GMT)

guess there going to be rain all day along so probably no cricket either..

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (May 28, 2014, 1:48 GMT)

Take out either Chandimal or thirimanne and put in vithanage or kjp

Posted by Senaratne77 on (May 28, 2014, 1:01 GMT)

For heavens sake, please get Kusal Perera in as an opener! He should be part of the WC squad and this is a golden opertunity to expose him to pace and swing! What on earth is Jayasuriya doing with Thirimanne as opener?!

Posted by ruester on (May 27, 2014, 23:26 GMT)

I feel Carberry deserves some support, last year he was outstanding in limited over matches and had a pretty poor county championship, though for some reason he was picked for the. Ashes ahead of Compton. I feel Carberry could be a very destructive opener for England in ODI if he is given a run and allowed to play without pressure. My choice would be to have Hales and. Carberry open. Cook for me does not get into the side.

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 22:50 GMT)

There'll be rain tomorrow so we need hard-hitters - Thisara in for Thiri. If pitch allows it, Herath for Prasad (who has pace but no control). Mahela should open with Dilly (but Sanath wants Mahela to bat in the middle order :/ ). Chandi, who never got to face many balls in the ENG series, should bat at 4 & NOT 7.

Some say that Chandi is lucky but I think it's quite the opposite 'cause he isn't utilised properly. Someone who performs best on these tracks is not given a chance to face many balls?!?! He is sent in at No.7 to do the finisher's job and when he fails, people keep blaming him! It's like blaming Kusal for not playing the anchor role!! I don't understand the logic behind it; are they not bothered about where he plays as he'll definitely be there for the '15WC???? If so, good job they're doing to his confidence and average! Use him well on these pitches he's comfortable in.

1Mayya 2Dilly 3Sanga 4Chandi 5/6Ashan 5/6Angie 7Thisara 8Kula 9Sachi 10Herath/Prasad 11Mali. Good luck!

Posted by SirViv1973 on (May 27, 2014, 21:40 GMT)

@Roshan_P, A lot of Eng fans would like to see Hales given a run in the ODI side as he could potentially offer an another dimension to the batting. However I think the problem was that since the WT20 he hasn't had much cricket. At the time the squad for this series was picked the counties had only been playing FC games & he couldn't get a game in that format for his county Notts & he was loaned to Worcs where I think he had played 1 game when the squad was named for this series. Hopefully they will be brave enough to try him in the games against Ind later in the summer.

Posted by RandyOZ on (May 27, 2014, 20:31 GMT)

After the shortest resurgence in history, England are in for another hammering here. They just don't have any home grown talent. It is as simple as that.

Posted by android_user on (May 27, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

alex hales is a good enough player to play odi he is a world class batsman

Posted by jb633 on (May 27, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

Can we say for good that Carbery wont play cricket for England again. Please selectors do us that favour. SL will probs win comfortably again here. This is one of the worst England sides for years.

Posted by xylo on (May 27, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

hey... in any case, no player wanted Pietersen in the team.

Posted by cricat16 on (May 27, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

My batting line up 1.Dili 2.Mahela 3. Sanga 4.Chandimal 5.Priyanjan 6. Mathews 7. Perera 8. Kule 9. Senanayake 10.Prasad 11 . Malinga

Posted by Roshan_P on (May 27, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

If Alex Hales is as good as I'm hearing (he certainly has a fantastic T20 record) he should open. I have never been convinced by Carberry, but he probably deserves a Test or two at home. He should be given until the second Test to perform. If he doesn't produce good scores by then he should be dropped, and he should be dropped for the ODIs anyway. Also Root is in good form. Woakes probably deserves a go too at some point.

Posted by ps-lanka on (May 27, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

i think sri lanka have enough competence to beat England. thirimanna not good, he is should b dropped, becouse he can't play fast tracks, but chandimal is good for that and should give chance to play in 2nd or 3rd down, becose he gives to chance to settle down . he looks impress in last few game. tisara perera and kusal shold play and drop prasad and thrimanna as well.

Posted by Revelation3_7 on (May 27, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

If SL can negotiate without losing a wicket in the first 10 overs, I believe they might have a better chance of winning this game. not losing early wickets is THE key!!! Good luck boys.

Posted by Rawanaa on (May 27, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

SLmaster yeah mate that is the point. Every one needs to understand from the selectors point of view. Thirimanne opens the innings to keep one end solid in first 10 overs while the Jimmy & Gurney playing devastating role with new ball.According to other articles & perceptions of mathews would lead to select 1. Dilshan 2. Thiri 3. Sanga 4 Mahela 5.Priyanjan 6. Mathews 7 Thisara 8 Kulasekara 9 Sachithra 10 Herath 11 Malinga. Well done lions go get em.. Need more plans because its expecting rain will be interrupted to the game. England needs to include hales behalf of root & tredwell can't do the huge impact to Srilanka line up so they have to try out new spinner.

Posted by CodandChips on (May 27, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

After such a dire performance to follow the excellent win in the first match, I don't know what to expect. You certainly can't single anyone out.

However I will single somebody out. Michael Carberry has looked out of depth his whole international career, so surely his time is up? How many more chances will he get? (Though I believe Kulasekera bowled an awesome delivery to get rid of him).

People know I'd remove the Cook and Bell combination, but I'd rather them to Carberry. I'd consider bringing in Hales, though arguably after such a collapse, stability rather than power is needed.

I hope Woakes gets a game. I don't rate his white-ball game but if he's in the squad he should get a go, especially when the series is about experimentation.

Surprised to see that Root is under pressure given a few games a go he scored a hundred. He may no longer average 50 and his strike rate may have dipped to 80, but he's still a fine player imo, and his stats are better than others.

Posted by Bobby_Fox on (May 27, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Get thirmanne out of your squad..

SL Squad: 1) Dilshan 2) Vithanage/Kusal 3) Sanga 4) Mahela 5) Chadimal 6) Mathews 7) Priyanjan 8)Senanayake 9) T perera 10) Kulasekara 11) Malinga

I dont think Thirmanne is a better fit in Srilankas shorter format squad. Its better to have him in Test and then replace him with either Kusal or Vithanage. Thirmanne can hardly clear the 30 yard circle..even if you notice, he always get slip caughten..its s easy to get him out by plaacing a slip...moore and cook needs to figure it out...even thirmanne is making thier job simplier by getting out in first few overs...Even chandimal need to be promoted to up of the order as he needs some time to settle down and score more runs to give some confidence.

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (May 27, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Anderson is just a serviceable trundler so while England keep choosing him in their side they are weaker.

Regardless of the result in the next game the previous outing was such a monumental humiliation the English selectors must make wholesale changes - like dropping the likes of the Jimmster

Posted by SLMaster on (May 27, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Thirimanne shouldn't be dropped because he set the stage. He negotiated well at top. Otherwise Anderson could have ripped SL apart.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (May 27, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Only 1 change. Tissara for Chandimal. THiri, Dilly, Sanga, Mayya, Anjelo, Ashan, Tissara, Sachi, Kule, Prasad, and Slinga, Need Dilly bowl few overs. Tissara needs to improve bowing. Tissara is much much better than Chndi at No 7. Win the Toss bat first and SL has 7 bowling options. SL's ODI bowling unit is the No1 or near in the world. SL has a chance of 80% to defend any total with 7 bowling options tha can bumbooze any batting line up if SL bowl second.

Posted by Damian123 on (May 27, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

Balladeer: That's schoolboy stuff & definitely not international....

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

Why these cricinfo commentators put kithruwan in there teams even he wasn't in the squad?? Answer :- Most of them never touch in cricket! just watch T20 match and thought he is in Sri lanka ODi squad also! they never read any article other than match report

Posted by vkumar_086. on (May 27, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

Why is Priyanjan dropped? Surely it is Thirimanne who must be dropped to make way for Thisara Perera. Also, Dhammika Prasad should make way for Chaturanga De Silva. Hope the weather is fine tomorrow.

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

mahela happy birthday legend of SRI Lankan criket

Posted by ad2810 on (May 27, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

I think hales has the temperment to be englands next top player i think that along with players like root and stokes ther can set up a REAL CHANGE for british fortunes and the team could be easily built around 3 top quality players

Posted by Balladeer on (May 27, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

Damian: The one that stretches from not being a wide on the left of the wicket to not being a wide on the right of the wicket. Looking at the scorecard (urgh), Anderson and Jordan might want to practise that too.

Posted by Bobby_Fox on (May 27, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

I dont think Thirmanne is a better fit in Srilankas shorter format squad. Its better to have him in Test and then replace him with either Kusal or Vithanage. Thirmanne can hardly clear the 30 yard circle..even if you notice, he always get slip caughten..its s easy to get him out by plaacing a slip...moore and cook needs to figure it out...even thirmanne is making thier job simplier by getting out in first few overs...Even chandimal need to be promoted to up of the order as he needs some time to settle down and score more runs to give some confidence.

SL Squad: 1) Dilshan 2) Vithanage/Kusal 3) Sanga 4) Mahela 5) Chadimal 6) Mathews 7) Priyanjan 8)Senanayake 9) T perera 10) Kulasekara 11) Malinga

Posted by steve48 on (May 27, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

Bell and Morgan need to stand up and guide this batting line up, and so if Cook is back I would get Bell in at 3, Morgan 5, and give Hales a go at the top. Worryingly Bopara needs to be in as all rounder for now, but considering his experience provides no sense of security at 6. Everyone missing Trott now? Can't believe the stick he got from some at times, our batting bricks really need his cement, esp. without the presence of KP. Batting needs leaders, not just talent, to prevent collapses such as Sunday, and to finish tight chases.

Posted by Naked_Cricket on (May 27, 2014, 15:17 GMT)


1. Tharanga/Kusal 2. Dilshan 3. Thirimanna 4 Sanga 5. Mahela 6. Mathews 7.Kithruwan 8.Kulasekara 9. Sachi 10 Malinga 11 Prasad

Posted by Damian123 on (May 27, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

Balladeer: What channel are you talking about????????????????

Posted by YsaKaru on (May 27, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

Kusal and thisara should be in for thirimanne and dhammika.......GOOD LUCK LIONS!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

please ! please ! selectors dont drop Ashan priyanjan.let the youngster grow up his confidence ,may be even at the expense of MAhela who is not doing much at the moment.they are the future.

Posted by onebump on (May 27, 2014, 15:04 GMT)

Anderson bowled well during the Durham match. Just that SL openers took a very cautious approach to him and saw him out (nearly saw him out in Thiri's case). It was the give only 4 runs an over approach to bowling that gave SL time to set a platform and preserve wickets till the end. Should bring back Thisara in place of Prasad. Prasad looked ordinary. Not that Thissara has been great, but he might find some form and if he does, it would be fantastic. So farbe has not been able to teach England to read Sachithra.... interesting!

Posted by SLMaster on (May 27, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

If weather is good and rain stayed away, I sure think SL going to put a good show.

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

I would drop Thisara Perera from the game just to change things around a bit and bring back Tharanga at No 2. Thirimanne will move down to 5 and Chandimal to 7.

Posted by Balladeer on (May 27, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

Cook/Hales/Bell/Ballance would be a bold move, and therefore not one I expect England to make. I'd be happier if Cook stayed strained for one more match, making it more likely that room will be made for Hales (if Carberry is picked again I shall scream). Also, Root put on a good showing in the first match of the series, and it seems cruel to drop him after one poor match where everyone else performed poorly as well. In fact, the English batting is filled with capable individuals who don't seem to be able to handle the pressures of a chase.

The attack remains good. Hopefully Gurney has been practising getting the ball in the channel.

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