The abysmal weather forecast in Hambantota, Sri Lanka tomorrow may come as a blessing in disguise for England’s cricketers who have been outclassed so far in the sub continent.
It has been an absolutely terrible week for the sport following the deaths of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes and Israeli umpire Hillel Oscar just days later.
It was more than evident that both sides were severely affected the incident – England more so than Sri Lanka.
England slumped to an eight-wicket defeat in the Premadasa in the second One Day International of the seven-match series.
The third match up looks heavily in doubt however, with heavy rain forecasted all day.
Ex Sri Lanka skipper, Mahela Jayawardene is set to miss the clash in the south of Sri Lanka due to personal reasons.
Jayawardene, who is the leading run scorer in the series so far, has played a pivotal role in the Lankans’ previous two wins, scoring a half-century in each.
Inexperienced all-rounder, Ashan Priyanjan will replace the Sri Lankan veteran, for the third ODI however, Jayawardene’s return for the fourth match has not been ruled out as of yet.
World Cup focus
With the World Cup only 74 days away and England look more than unimpressive in the one-day format and it is starting to look worrying for Alastair Cook’s men who seem to have forgotten how to win.
England will begin their preparations for the World cup in Australia and New Zealand sooner than they thought as a switch up of the tri-series against Australia and India sees Alastair Cook’s side face the World Cup hosts on January 16 rather than January 18.
The change up of the schedule has taken place in the wake of the death of Phillip Hughes.
England: Alastair Cook (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Finn, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan Eion Morgan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera (wk), Kumar Sangakkara, Ashan Priyanjan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Thilina Kandamby, Ragana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Ajantha Mendis, Shaminda Eranga, Dhammika Prasad, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Gamage.
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