England have announced a 16-person squad for the upcoming three-game ODI series against Sri Lanka, which begins in Durham on June 29. Left-back George Garton was first called up to the national team after becoming a mainstay for Sussex in recent years.
Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer are still missing after retiring due to injury. Stokes is nearing recovery and is expected to be competing for Durham in the T20 Blast tournament soon.
Eoin Morgan has been named captain of the crew as expected. Joe Root also returned to the ODI setup after not participating in the limited overs series against India earlier this year.
Before the ODI series, the Three Lions will also face Sri Lanka in a 3-match T20I series from June 23.
England’s ODI squad for the 3-game ODI series against Sri Lanka
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) Captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Tom Curran (Surrey), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), George Garton (Sussex), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)
England’s head-to-head record against Sri Lanka in ODIs
Sri Lanka comes into the series after a 2-1 loss to Bangladesh away in ODIs. The Lankan players are also embroiled in a showdown with their cricket board over a pay dispute.
England and Sri Lanka have played numerous closely-contested matches over the years, and there isn’t much to choose from when it comes to their head-to-head record at ODIs. Both teams have won 36 games against each other, with one game ending in a draw and two with no results.
At home, too, England lead the island nation just under 16:14 in a 50-over format.
The last time the two teams met at the ODI World Cup 2019, in which the Lankers emerged victorious with 20 runs.
Schedule of the ODI series England vs. Sri Lanka
1. ODI: England v Sri Lanka, Tuesday 29 June 2021, Emirates Riverside, Durham
2nd ODI: England v Sri Lanka, Thursday 1st July 2021, Kia Oval, London
3rd ODI: England v Sri Lanka, Sunday 4th July 2021, County Ground, Bristol
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