Jos Buttler : England happy favourites against SL

Morgan is largely responsible for England’s transformation into the best ODI side in the world

Morgan is largely responsible for England’s transformation into the best ODI side in the world

Then, as now, they were preparing for a World Cup.

But Morgan knows that even a run of eight successive one-day series victories, excluding a freak one-off defeat by Scotland, would mean little if England do not win that elusive World Cup. But with 4 for 23 on his comeback against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup last month, including two in his first over, he is once again ready to sling his way onto the front line.

'It might be a case of you're rested, someone comes in and does well'.

The last time England were in Sri Lanka for a one-day worldwide series was four years ago.

For Sri Lanka, they would like to put the forgetful Asia Cup campaign behind them and start afresh.

For Chandimal and coach Chandika Hathurusingha, a short-term fix is probably more important than what might happen in seven months' time.

Sri Lanka vs England is live on Sky Sports in the UK.

Last time when England toured Sri Lanka they lost the series 2-5 under Cook's captaincy in 2014. His most recent fifty in the format came in March 2017 and he hasn't reached three figures in more than two years.

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Furthermore, Dinesh Chandimal was earlier appointed as the captain of the Lankan ODI team as well, replacing Mathews.

Plenty is different for England since their last visit, but Chris Woakes remains the focal point of the pace attack.

"If someone is performing and you're not then, ultimately, you have to accept that you'll miss out". England have spoken in the build-up to the series about the importance of managing workloads for the quicks, and their ability to adapt quickly to conditions could be key. He's a like-for-like replacement in the squad for Liam Plunkett.

Moreover, the selectors appointed Dinesh Chandimal as the captain of Sri Lanka and dropped Mathews for England ODI's.

That means Olly Stone can stake a claim for that place if handed his debut. [VIDEO] Alex Hales has scored runs at no.3 as Johnny Bairstow has opened the innings with Jason Roy.

Coverage begins at 9.30am with the match set to begin at 10am. "It's been tricky in the past for England sides to come here but we're full of confidence and looking forward to the challenge". Only five England batsmen have previously managed the feat in ODIs, the most recent being Jonathan Trott in 2011.

Whoever gets the nod, England will be confident of getting off a good start as they look to secure a ninth successive bilateral one-day series. None of the senior players has stood up and shown the leadership required to their side out of the troubled waters they find themselves in.

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