ENG vs SL: Top 5 players to watch out for in England’s ODI series against Sri Lanka: History is a witness to say that England are unbeatable at their home ground, and little have things changed in their ongoing clash against the visiting Team Sri Lanka. After clean-sweeping Sri Lanka in the 3-match T20I series, the two sides will lock horns in the 3-match ODI series kicking off from June 29. While Dawid Malan will return to the fold in absence of Jos Buttler, England will have Jonny Bairstow to fire while Kusal Perera will also aim to lift Sri Lanka up.
Ahead of the riveting contest between Sri Lanka and England in the limited-overs series, InsideSport takes a look at the top five players to watch out for.
ENG vs SL: Dawid Malan
Malan has always been an underdog but his stats have been vociferous. With a whopping ODI average of 45 coupling with his recent sublime form, Dawid Malan can be a player to be looked up to in the upcoming clash. His bat roared loudly in the last T20I clash against Sri Lanka where he smashed 76 of just 48 balls and attracted the man of the match under his belt.
ENG vs SL: Liam Livingstone
A little too early to understand his average with only just ODI’s played for his side; the right-handed batsmen would be eagerly looked upto. His range of shots recently portrayed in the 2nd T20I poses him a threat to the Lankans. His intelligent knock of 29 runs acknowledged him as the man of the match for rising as a torchbearer in the otherwise jolted England side by the Lankan bowlers.
ENG vs SL: Jonny Bairstow
In the absence of Jos Buttler’s calf-niggle ruling him out of the remainder series, England’s alternate wicketkeeper has the potential to grab the attention. The senior England player has an excellent ODI average of 48.25 while playing for his side. His acquaintance with the Lankan bowlers against whom he smashed a fifty in the 3rd T20I can make him a pleasant watch for the spectators.
ENG vs SL: Kusal Perera
Sri Lankan Skipper cum wicket-keeper batsmen, he had a fine display of his bat in the T20I series clash against England. With a little consolidation from the other end, the left-handed batsman’s average of 31.46 can potentially go up.
ENG vs SL: Danushka Gunathilaka
A veteran of quite some matches for Sri Lanka, he had an off-beat track in the just concluded T20I series against England. In haste to up slow run rate, he tried some big shots but couldn’t potentially get them over through the ropes. With the upcoming 50-over series, Gunathilaka will get some time to settle in and up his scores, unlike the T20I series. Currently, his average is 36.19 in the ODI’s.
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