England in Sri Lanka 2014-15 June 6, 2014

Seven ODIs for Sri Lanka-England series

ESPNcricinfo staff

England will travel to Sri Lanka for a seven-match bilateral ODI series, in November and December. The matches will be played at the three main ODI venues in the country, in Pallekele, Hambantota and Colombo, with four of the games set to be day-nighters.

The FTP had prescribed five ODIs and two T20s in the tour, but the T20s have been converted to ODIs due to the proximity of the World Cup. This tour is effectively the limited-overs leg of the Test series England played in Sri Lanka in 2012.

The series will be played from November 26 to December 16, and the track record for cricket at that time of year suggests at least some matches may be hampered by the tail end of the north-east monsoon. The boards have sought to counter this by making provisions for a reserve day for five of the seven games.

New Zealand's limited-overs trips to the country have been heavily affected by rain in November 2013 and November 2012, with matches even having to be moved away from the Premadasa Stadium, which was under water in 2012. In 2010, a one-day series against West Indies that was scheduled for mid-December, was postponed due to bad weather.

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  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    ODI_BestFomOfCricket: Test cricket is the supreme test of character, stamina, concentration, technique and application of an international cricketer. Test matches are for intelligent cricket fans who can understand all fine points of the game. Having said that playing ODIs just before a WC makes lot of sense. Regarding weather, it is very unpredictable at recent times. Very difficult to schedule matches avoiding bad weather.

  • Paulo on June 7, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Is it this year? It seems so pointless. What sort of preparation for a world cup in Australia and NewZealand is playing in Sri Lanka? Just like with previous World Cup preparation for playing in India or the Windies was playing a huge series in Australia. Complete nonsense. No disrespect to Sri Lanka.

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Already in the news that England will send a second tier team as retaliation for the mankade incidence . What is purpose of practising with a weaker team in Asian conditions. We might as well go and play with state teams in Australia or NZ . We already got 7 ODI with NZ . Thus is a waste of time.

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    Dambulla should host matches, since there will be no rain.

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    smart move to include reserve days, but you can guess which 2 of the games will be washed out can't you? But seriously all/most ODI's or T20's scheduled should have reserve days rather than bloody D/L

  • mk on June 6, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    If there is one thing that is killing odi cricket it is these endless, meaningless series. 7 is 4 too many. It's difficult to get England up for one day cricket in the first place without these tedious treadmill series. If you don't want to play proper cricket then go and play Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and the like.

  • Yasitha on June 6, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    tough schedule for our boys..... Hopefully no more injuries..... Good luck!!!!!

  • Philip on June 6, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    Well, they know about the monsoon and still want to go ahead with it. Playing the game in Dambulla and Hambantota should help.

    Another chance for the England players to practice, the art of staying behind the crease....LOL Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • Mihil on June 6, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    What's the point..Poms just lost to us in their own back yard. What's the guarantee they would do any better? Better call India and have a 3 ODI series, because we might face India somewhere along the way in the world cup. Otherwise we would end up giving poms match practice, gaining nothing.

  • Prashan on June 6, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Well as it comes to December, rain is considerably less than in November which was exactly why both tests against NZ in late 2012 were possible and ended in results after the ODI series was drenched when SL won 3-0. So at this rate, Sri Lanka has definitely 20 more ODIs before the world cup 2015 which is awesome.

    I recall England coming separately for ODIs in 2007 October before the tests in Dec 2007. Well Sri Lanka winning at home will be nice but this series win wont mean anything for the 2015 world cup as it is paramount to target success in NZ when we go there.

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