Rain washes out first ODI between England and Sri Lanka


'When you drop yourself as captain it nearly sets that example, that nobody's place is cemented in this side, ' said Morgan before today's opening game of a five-match ODI series with Sri Lanka in Dambulla.

Sri Lanka fielded two specialist spinners and seamers, each assisted by three allrounders.

England sits right at the top of the ICC ODI rankings with 127 rating points to their name and when asked as to whether being the number one side in ODI cricket creates any additional pressure, Buttler, said' "There is always pressure being number one". Both teams will hope for better weather in Dambulla for the second game on Saturday. Against Australia at Trent Bridge in June, they notched up a 50-over world record score of 481 as Alex Hales blasted 147 and Jonny Bairstow 139.

EOIN MORGAN would be prepared to leave himself out of England's team if it boosts their chances of winning next year's World Cup. You've got a bit of a target on your back.

Sri Lanka took a bold step of dropping captain Angelo Matthews from the ODI side after the side's dismal show at the recently concluded Asia Cup. "We have an idea now. I've had to adjust to batting down the order and, if I'm batting for a long period of time something has usually gone wrong so I'd rather not bat, but I've played my part when required".

The three Tests, starting in Galle on Nov 6, will likely be a severe Test for an England side captained by Joe Root who have been all-conquering at home but fragile overseas in the past few years.

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Warwickshire fast bowler Olly Stone was awarded his first cap before the toss but could only look on as the rain washed away his debut and Morgan could not say definitively if the 25-year-old would get another chance at the weekend.

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"It's going to be a tough series for Sri Lanka against an England side who I think will be well adapted to any conditions we play them under", former prolific batsman Sangakkara said.

The ODIs will be played in Dambulla, Pallekele and Colombo's R. Premadasa Stadium and the Tests at Galle, Pallekele and Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club.

The returns of Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella are likely to be the major changes for Sri Lanka after their early exit from the Asia Cup, with Mathews and Kusal Mendis dropped.

Joe Root (25) and Eoin Morgan (14) were scheduled to return for England once the rain cleared but the match was called off as the bad weather continued even after four hours.