ENG vs SL 1st ODI: After a clean sweep in the T20I series, Eoin Morgan’s England take on Kusal Perera’s Sri Lanka, who have been struggling to match the Three Lions. The huge gap in quality in two sides was visible throughout the three-match series. But ahead of the 1st ODI on Tuesday, Sri Lanka need to pull up socks, especially captain Kusal Perera and Isuru Udana. England, despite their win, have some players like captain Morgan and Sam Billings misfiring. They need to address that.
While usually, the focus remains on top players ahead of a series, with the ICC T20I World Cup on the horizon, some need to get their form back. Ahead of the ODI series, InsideSport takes a look at 5 players who need to hit top gear in the ENG vs SL ODI series.
Eoin Morgan (England): The England captain’s poor form dates back to the limited-overs series against India. The last half-century he scored was back in T20Is was back in 2020 against Pakistan. Since then, it has been a period of lull. In the IPL 2021, captaining Kolkata Knight Riders, he continued his poor form. Against Sri Lanka, in two innings English captain has scored 12 runs. Sri Lanka has one of the weakest bowling attacks and yet captain Morgan has failed to get going. He will aim to get back in form in the ODI series.
Sam Billings (England): England wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings was added to the playing XI after Jos Buttler pulled out due to injury. However, Sam could not make most of the opportunity as he could only score 24 and 2 in the next two games. There are already two wicket-keeping options for England in the T20 team – Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow – So if Sam wants to cement his name in the side he must put his best foot forward in the ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Isuru Udana (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka all-rounder Isuru Udana has just three wickets and scored just 25 runs in the T20I series. His bowling average is 36.67 while his batting average is 25.00. In the last T20I he has hammered for 55 runs in four overs and he could only take a single wicket in the match. Former RCB member has the ability to play little cameos with the bat in lower-order but he has failed to deliver in the recent past.
Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka captain Kusal Perera failed to lead his side from the front in the T20I series, as he could only manage to score 54 runs in three games. He had an average of 18.00 and a below-par strike rate of 94.74. Perera has experience of playing 49 T20Is in which he has scored 1347 runs. If Sri Lanka want to bounce back in the ODI series then Perera’s perfomance will be very crucial for the team.
England vs Sri Lanka, ODI Full Schedule
Jun 29, Tue – England vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI – Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, 3:30 PM
Jul 01, Thu – England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI – Kennington Oval, London, 5:30 PM
Jul 04, Sun – England vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI – County Ground, Bristol, 3:30 PM