England play host to Sri Lanka in the second one-day international (ODI) at Durham on Sunday looking to build on their dominant display in the opening contest at the Oval, when Alastair Cook’s men won by 81 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method.
And if the home side perform as they did on Thursday at Chester-le-Street, then they will take a firm grip on this five-match 50-over series as England look to banish the memories of a woeful winter under new head coach Peter Moores.
What: England vs. Sri Lanka
Where: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, Durham
When: Sunday, May. 25, 10:30 a.m. BST
Live Stream/TV info: Sky Sports 2, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. BST, highlights, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. – 11 p.m.
England: AN Cook*, JM Anderson, GS Ballance, IR Bell, RS Bopara, TT Bresnan, JC Buttler†, MA Carberry, HF Gurney, CJ Jordan, EJG Morgan, JE Root, JC Tredwell, CR Woakes
Sri Lanka: AD Mathews*, HDRL Thirimanne, LD Chandimal†, PC de Silva, TM Dilshan, DPMD Jayawardene, KMDN Kulasekara, RAS Lakmal, SL Malinga, BAW Mendis, MDKJ Perera†, NLTC Perera, KTGD Prasad, SMA Priyanjan, KC Sangakkara, SMSM Senanayake
England: Cook and Co. actually moved above the tourists into third place in the current International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI rankings on the back of their rain-interrupted victory in the first match of the series.
And that convincing win comes on the back of a 2-1 series triumph in West Indies just prior to the ICC World Twenty20 in March, so perhaps England are now moving in the right direction in this form of the game with less than a year to go until the start of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Sri Lanka: Incredibly, Thursday’s heavy loss was the very first time that Angelo Mathews’ side had tasted defeat in a 50-over game this year, a brilliant run of results that has seen the team from the subcontinent win 3-0 in Bangladesh in February, before then claiming the Asia Cup the following month in the same location.
Chris Jordan: The all-rounder, as he should be known as from now on after his starring role with both bat and ball at the Oval, has really taken to international cricket like a duck to water since making his ODI debut against Australia last September.
So much so, in fact, that the 25-year-old is already in that short space of time one of the first names down on the team sheet. On Thursday his pace with the ball seemed to genuinely ruffle a few Sri Lankan feathers.
And that is before we even begin to mention his destructive late-order batting that saw even the great Lasith Malinga’s bowling go all round the park at the death as the Barbados-born star struck 38 not out from just 13 balls, with five fours and two sixes, before then capturing three for 25 in a man-of-the-match performance.
Lasith Malinga: The paceman suffered his worst-ever figures in an ODI against England in the first contest, when the 30-year-old was taken for 71 runs from his eight overs at an uncharacteristically high rate of 8.87 runs per over.
However, England will surely treat that display just as a one-off and know that the fast bowler still represents the tourists’ most potent and dangerous weapon with ball in hand, especially on a slow and low Chester-le-Street surface that will far better suit his slingy action.
Weather: We are expecting a low of 10 degrees Celsius and a high of 15 degrees Celsius, with cloud and outbreaks of rain, for this ODI clash in Durham.
Pitch: The last ODI to be played at the Riverside Stadium was back in July 2012 when England thrashed Australia by eight wickets after winning the toss and restricting the visitors to just 200 for nine, with man-of-the-match Steven Finn capturing four for 37.