England looking for revenge

November 25, 2014

Angelo Matthews

by paddynapper

Alistair Cook has come out all guns blazing so far on this tour by saying he wants the team to gain revenge. England lost a test series to Sri Lanka 1-0 on home soil at the start of the year. His words will defiantly spice this series up; he has stated that although both teams will look to experiment with different options before the ICC World Cup he has come to win.

England will be tinkering there top order slightly to bring in Moeen Ali to open up with the captain Alistair Cook. Some might not agree with this as the man who misses out is Alex Hales a young and promising young player. Cook has put this down to needing to have a bowler in his top six and Ali offers a bit more than just part time spin, proving this in the Test arena during the English summer.

Sri Lanka on the other hand will be looking to bounce back from a 5-0 drubbing from India in recent ODI series. To be fair to them they were last minute replacements for the West Indies and it’s no easy task playing in India with no preparation.

Although Matthews has made it clear that he was not happy with the cricket he was seeing from his side, he has called for major improvements to be made this time around. He stated that they need to as a group get back in their groove. The Sri Lankans will be bringing players that need to be brought in and who he thinks will be going to the World Cup.

Both sides are missing key bowlers with Stuart Broad & Jimmy Anderson out for England through injuries. Sri Lanka is without Lasith Malinga & Sachithra Senanayake in their ranks. Malinga (injured) & Senanayake because his action was reported to the ICC so he is remodelling it as we speak.

There are 7 ODI’s with 4 to be played in Colombo, with the current north-east monsoon over the island they might be using one or two of their reserve days. Having lost a warm up match already to rain they will be hoping the gods are cricket lovers and we get some play. Fingers crossed we are hoping to get a lot of exciting and entertaining cricket out of these two teams.

All predictions lead to an easy victory for England here, I disagree. England will struggle without their first rated bowling line up. Sri Lanka will be hurting and in their own back yard will want to put on a performance rekindling their pride. Recalling Herath is a good thing for Sri Lanka as he has caused the English batters more than one head ache in his time. I see this being close and with the weather being a major doubt to the amount of play will get I shall go with a 3-3 for this series.

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