ENG Playing 11: It’s the start of Sri Lanka’s tour of England as both teams look to get into the T20 groove with World T20I on mind later this year. In home conditions, England looks a strong side. This will be a chance where they will look to test their white-ball depth with big players like Archer and Stokes not available. England leads the overall head-to-head record over Sri Lanka 5-4 and will be looking to start the series on a high.
Despite Stokes and Archer unavailable, England’s depth in the squad makes them favorites. Woakes will be looking to cement his place in the side after being benched for a long time. Bairstow’s ankle scans have come out clear but he is still doubtful for this match.
Jos Buttler (wk)
Eoin Morgan (C)
England have a power packed batting line-up with Roy and Buttler capable of destroying any bowling line-up in the world. World No.1 batter Malan will be an important player at No. 3. The presence of all-rounders allows England to bat deep and have plenty of options in bowling. In Chris Jordan, they have an excellent death bowling option while Wood provides them pace and ability to pick wickets.
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (WK), Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
You can watch the ball by ball and the Live score coverage of the England vs Sri Lanka match on Sony Sports Network and Sony Liv. The match will be played on 23 June and will start at 11:00 pm (IST).