The Betting Maestro picks his likely England XI ahead of the Sri Lanka v England ODI Series which starts on Wednesday October 10.

 

England have taken a squad of 16 to play a 5-match ODI Series in Sri Lanka, starting on October 10.

The squad is as follows:

Batsmen: Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (Captain), Jos Buttler (WK).

All-Rounders: Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes.

Bowlers: Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Olly Stone, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Mark Wood.

 

 

Sri Lanka v England ODI Series: England’s Likely XI

 

 

Normally, there are a couple of players who you look at and think ‘Hmmm, he’ll be lucky to get a game’. In normal circumstances Liam Dawson would come under that category because it’s almost unheard of for England to play three spinners, whatever the conditions.  In most circumstances the job would therefore go to Adil Rashid, England’s chief limited-overs spinner, and Moeen Ali, a genuine all-rounder whose batting at 7 is just the sort of asset that has made this England side one of the most-feared batting line-ups of all time.

But with the possible exception of Bangladesh, nowhere in the world are spinners more valuable a commodity than here on the dusty tracks of Dambulla (1st and 2nd ODIs), Kandy (3rd and 4th) or Colombo (5th).  He may be needed after all.

 

Sri Lanka v England Betting

 

England are 1.53 favourites to win the 1st ODI on Betfair Sportsbook with Sri Lanka at 6/4. It’s hard to make too much of a case for either ahead of the Sri Lanka v England ODI Series.

Sri Lanka are ranked eighth in the ODI rankings, have won just four of their last 16 bilateral series, lost 30 of their past 40 ODIs and in 2017 went 12 games without a win. Improved though England are, their record in Sri Lanka makes for some worrying reading: just six wins in 21 games there. Faced with these damning records, the smart move may be to go with the outsiders.The even smarter move would be to back Sri Lanka pre-toss and trade the game on the Betfair Exchange for a guaranteed profit.

 

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But let’s try to decipher who may feature for England in that first game.

 

Team for 1st ODI

 

 

Jason Roy – The flamboyant, big-hitting Surrey man was the top scorer across both sides in the Series against Australia with 304 runs at an average of 60, scoring two hundreds and a fifty. Not one to die wondering, he’ll be looking to go big in the Powerplays.

Johnny Bairstow- England’s second highest runscorer in that Series who followed that up with scores of 30, 38 and 28 against India in the three match ODI Series. He’ll be asked to play the slightly more sedate role of opener, in the Mark Waugh mould.

Joe Root- The brains and the touch player in the line-up. Had a quiet ODI series at the beginning of the summer but hit back with back-to-back unbeaten centuries in the 2nd and 3rd ODIs against India, one of which featured the infamous mike drop on getting to 100. His inclusion at 3 means Alex Hales should miss out.

Eoin Morgan – The nice thing about being skipper is that you always play. It’s a good thing for Morgan that he is because quite frankly, he had a pretty ordinary summer. His performances for England were decent with four fifties from seven appearances  but at county level, against weak bowling attacks, he had a bit of a mare. But important nonetheless in Sri Lanka as a player who historically has played spin well.

Ben Stokes– Court case behind him, international cricket under his belt, it’s back to normality for Stokes. Needs to get back into ODI mode after missing the Australia ODI Series but his aggressive batting is perfectly suited to this format. Should bowl at least eight overs a match.

Jos Buttler– Could prove to be England’s most important batsman in this Sri Lanka v England ODI Series. Whether it’s kicking on after a good start when batting first or getting the side over the line in a tense chase, he’s the man for all seasons. IPL experience will help him no end. Expect to watch him play every shot in the book over the five matches.

Mooen Ali– Will be feeling much better about life after his Test recall and leading Worcestershire to their first-ever T20 Blast success. Should bowl his full quota of overs of off-spin and can change the course of any match with the bat thanks to his clean-hitting.

Chris Woakes– England like the security of a proper batsman at 8. But it’s for his bowling that he’s primarily in the side for. 76 ODIs have yielded 109 wickets at an economy rate of 5.5 and he has a knack of getting at least one wicket during the initial Powerplay. Could well open the bowling.

Sam Curran– May just get the nod over the more experienced Plunkett and brother Sam for two reasons. One, he’s a left arm quick and that may be a good way of providing some variety to the attack. Two, he’s coming off the back of an excellent Test series against India. We’ll have to wait and see.

Adil Rashid– His limited-overs record over the past two or three years has been excellent.  He’ll enjoy the turning tracks in Sri Lanka but with Dawson breathing down his neck, he needs to carry on delivering. Could do a little better in the field.

Mark Wood– England selectors like Wood. Probably the quickest bowler on show  and the one capable of coming up with the most variations, he’ll be a key asset f there’s any reverse swing out there.

 

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