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Sri Lanka hopes to ride on recent momentum

England’s revamped limited-overs side is a confident lot, while the visiting team will have to deal with Eranga’s enforced medical absence

Sri Lanka hopes to ride on recent momentum - Cricket News
Sri Lanka will look to draw on the confidence from their wins over Ireland.
Sri Lanka may be trailing England 10-2 in the multi-format points system, having lost the three-match Test series 2-0, but it still has a chance to win the series, albeit not an easy one. A clean sweep in the five upcoming One-Day Internationals, the first of which will be played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Tuesday (June 21) will put the visiting side right back in it and ensure the final one-off Twenty20 International will decide the fate of the series.
After a tough couple of weeks since  arrival in England, Sri Lanka has gradually grown accustomed to conditions. It earned a fighting draw in the final Test at Lord’s and then travelled west to Ireland to come away with a 2-0 win. It was much-needed balm for a side that suffered a defeat in the Tests.
Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, said his side had improved gradually on tour. “It was pretty unfortunate that we haven't performed well in the Test series but we kept improving game by game and as time went on we really started hitting our straps and we had some convincing wins in Ireland," he said. “But England is a completely different team, we still have to play our best cricket to beat them here.
“We haven't done well in the recent past but we've played a lot of T20 games rather than one-dayers. We are a forceful unit when it comes to one-dayers, we've got a good set of guys and a bit of experience.”
That said, Sri Lanka will need to put aside the shock of Shaminda Eranga’s heart condition. Eranga, recently banned from bowling in international cricket, was hospitalised after suffering from an elevated heartbeat during the second ODI against Ireland.
“At the time he called me and said 'something has happened to me'," said Matthews. “He was warming up and just before we went on the field, he said something happened to me, can you touch my heart because it is beating fast. I felt something unusual so I quickly called the physio and the physio went for the doctor with him. It was a shocking incident.”
England, meanwhile, has been a limited-overs force as its ascent to the finals of the ICC  World Twenty20 2016 was testament to that. Eoin Morgan, who captained the side, said the feat was a “big confidence booster” but warned the side would now have to cope with expectations.
“It’s a big summer because there’s probably a bit more expectation on us and it’s important to relish that expectation,” he said. “With the Champions Trophy in a year and the World Cup two years after that, as the home side we’re looking to put in performances so that other sides don’t look on us as outsiders for those tournaments.”
Morgan said the upcoming series would be part of building the side for the ICC World Cup 2019. “We’re still at the very early stages of building what will hopefully be a successful campaign at the 2019 World Cup,” he said. “It’s the reason we selected a completely new squad to start something that would turn round our white-ball cricket.
“It’s important for us to stick with the same group of players to grow their experience over a period of time but also to find some consistency with our performances. If you look at where we sit in the ICC rankings, we’re actually below Sri Lanka and that’s a reflection of our performances over the last number of years.”
England will however be without the injured Ben Stokes, and Morgan will have to decide between Johnny Bairstow and Liam Plunkett as replacements.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will have to make up for Eranga’s absence, but the team will hope to ride on recent momentum and get one back against the home side.

Teams (from)
Sri Lanka:
Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Farveez Maharoof, Suraj Randiv, Seekkuge Prasanna.
England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, James Vince, David Willey, Chris Woakes.

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