Tom Curran amongst the swarm of moths.

Thousands of moths encircle England training session ahead of first Sri Lanka ODI

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England are on tour in Dambulla with their first match against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, but their final training session was overrun with light-loving insects.

The flying creatures descended in their thousands on the net session in Dambulla with an insight into what conditions could be like throughout the first day/night ODI.

Along with the moths disrupting England’s training session, both Sri Lanka and the tourists have had to contend with wet weather.

England go into the five-match one-day series as favourites, with Eoin Morgan's side ranked number one in the world.

Jos Buttler, who is the vice-captain, says that the team are enjoying being favourites.

"We're happy to be favourites. It shows we've been doing good stuff. We're full of confidence and looking forward to adapting our style of play and pushing the boundaries of what's capable in these conditions.

"We're very aware of Sri Lanka's qualities. They have some experienced players who play well in these conditions. Notoriously it has been tricky in the past for English sides to come here."

On top of the disruption from the rain and flying insects, the last time England lost a bilateral one-day series was in January 2017- against India on the type of sub-continental pitches which will be facing them in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanker captain Dinesh Chandimal hopes that Sri Lanka's spinners can cause England problems, while he has also identified fielding as a part of the game where his side must improve.

"These conditions are very different to what England are used to playing in," said Chandimal.

"The pitches here spin and it is not an easy thing to play, especially for the batters.

"Overall comparing our boys to England, they have more experience, but we have more mystery spinners in our side. When the situation comes we have some game plans which we will have to execute.

"In the last few days we have worked really hard on our fielding, individually and as a group. That's the biggest change we are trying to make in this series."

Hopefully, the disruption from downpours of rain and swarms of moths will not affect either side too much, with England looking to continue their strong form while Sri Lanka will seek to cause an upset.

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