England tunes up for their T20 World Cup ambitions with a white-ball series against Sri Lanka, comprising of 3 T20Is & 3 ODIs. The first thing which comes to our eyes about the series is the English squad. The likes of Chris Woakes, David Willey, and Liam Dawson have been called back in the side, and they’ll have a point to prove. In Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer’s absence, the home team will indeed miss some prominent names due to injuries.
England played the last T20I against India, where they lost the series 2-3. Jos Butler was the top scorer with 172 runs, and Mark wood was the top wicket-taker with 5 wickets. Sussex fast bowler George Garton has his maiden international call up for the ODI series. The left-arm pacer has been a regular in England Lions he will make at playing XI.
England’s 15 member squad-
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Srilanka has recently played 3-match bilateral series against Bangladesh. The Srilankan batsmen were facing lots of trouble against the Bangladesh bowlers. Also, the Sri Lankan middle-order collapsed very fast to the opponent bowlers. Sri Lanka did not name the squad individually.
Srilanka’s 24 member squad-
Kusal Perera (c/wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Ramesh Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera, Niroshan Dickwella, Ishan Jayaratne , Shiran Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Charith Asalanka, Asitha Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Pathum Nissanka.
In England, weather conditions are always unpredictable. There will be a dark cloud and a little bit of breeziness around but still, we will witness an extraordinary cricket throughout the series by both teams.
Cardiff pitch will be dry and will help the spinners to turn the ball in the first 2- T20 matches. But, the 3rd T20 will be played at Rose Bowl, where the pitch will be a boon for the Pacers to swing the ball on both sides. However, in ODI things will change according to weather conditions.
The first T20I match started on 23rd June and the ODIs will start from 29 June. England playing at their own home conditions will be very much suited to handle the inexperienced Sri Lankans. And so we expect England to win both T20 & ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Umpiring - Sue Redfern will be the first women to do Fourth umpiring in Men's cricket in the 1st T20 match in Cardiff, she does regular umpiring in women’s cricket.