England vs. Sri Lanka, Only T20: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Freddie WildeContributor IMay 19, 2014

England's Alex Hales, right, plays a shot, as Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara follows the ball during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
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England's home international summer begins at the Oval in London with a T20 on Tuesday against world T20 champions Sri Lanka. 

England are fresh off the back of a tumultuous winter that saw them relinquish the Ashes before being humiliated by the Netherlands in the World T20 and, under new coach Peter Moores, will be desperate to get their home summer off to a winning start.

They will be offered some respite in the form of what should be a vociferous Tuesday evening crowd in London after a winter when the ECB and the concept of "Brand England" has come in for a lot of public criticism. 


Venue: The Kia Oval, London

What: England vs. Sri Lanka, Only T20

When: May 20, 2014, 6 p. m. BST



England: Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes

Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga, Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt), Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Ashan Priyanjan, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chaturanga de Silva, Sachithra Senanayake, Suranga Lakmal, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ajantha Mendis



England's first match of the season was played last week against Scotland in Aberdeen, but Tuesday's T20 against Sri Lanka poses the first real and genuine test of Peter Moores' new reign as England coach and indeed of England's much-vaunted "new era."

England are missing T20 captain Stuart Broad who is recovering from injury, but how long he, in fact, remains as T20 captain is questionable.

Eoin Morgan is a more-than-adequate tactical replacement, although Broad's absence does leave England short in the bowling department. Indeed, a bowling attack of Tim Bresnan, Harry Gurney, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell and Chris Woakes is unlikely to perturb Sri Lanka's explosive World Cup-winning batting order. 

England's batting bears potential as well as limitations. Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler are all natural T20 players, who have a natural ability to clear the ropes.

Yet for a format rapidly becoming defined by clearing the ropes, the brutal power of some international players is not so conspciously matches by the likes of Moeen Ali, Joe Root and certainly Ian Bell, although Michael Carberry and Ravi Bopara are admittedly good ball-strikers. 

England's T20 team is not bad, but it's not one that inspires fear or awe. 

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, appear a far more dynamic and versatile team with seasoned T20 players throughout the team. They are, after all, the world champions, having triumphed over India in the World T20 final at the beginning of April. 

However, despite the gulf in class between the two sides, the conditions may well bring them closer together.

The Oval is traditionally a good batting pitch, and that will suit Sri Lanka who play on such pitches more often, but if it is an overcast, muggy day, runs may prove harder to come by, and England's more seam-orientated bowling and accumulating batting could be given a fillip.