England 'happy favourites' against Sri Lanka, Buttler says

Perhaps the biggest plus England could take out of this month is the return of fitness form and confidence

Perhaps the biggest plus England could take out of this month is the return of fitness form and confidence

But with the first ODI of their five-match series looming on Wednesday, their credentials as a white-ball force are about to face a tricky test, against a team who have been in the doldrums of late, but who still know how to perform in their own conditions. His frustration is amplified given the wet weather England have experienced since landing in Sri Lanka at the start of the month.

There won't be any unfamiliarity in England's batting line-up, with the top seven settled, meaning Hales will likely be the unfortunate man to miss out.

"It's about trending in the right way and being able to build a core group of players - a squad of 15, 16, 17 guys - who we can call upon hopefully for the World Cup", he said. I'm an honest guy and I'm more than capable of making a tough decision.

"In the past I've dropped myself to create opportunities for guys in order to see if they can play at global level or give them an extra chance to prove themselves. When you drop yourself as a captain it sets the tone and example of 'nobody's place is cemented".

England got off to a flying start after the home country inserted the visiting Englishmen to bat first. For this impressive leap England's skipper Eoin Morgan has played his role really well.

Live coverage of England's tour of Sri Lanka is available across Sky Sports digital platforms.

For England, Olly Stone is in line to make it to the team as Eoin Morgan will be looking for a balanced side ahead of next years World Cup.

England and Sri Lanka will also play a Twenty20 on October 27 in Colombo before the three-Test series begins on November 6.

SRI LANKA: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Upul Tharanga, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, Amila Aponso, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha.

"If we can beat the No1 side in the world in this series that would be a great turning point going into the World Cup", he said.

On Tuesday night the indications were that Stone would play in Dambulla in an attempt by England to finally find a bowler with the extra pace and X-factor that have been lacking for them, particularly in overseas conditions.

"[Franchise cricket] has had a huge effect as we're now being competitive away from home", he said. Meanwhile, Angelo Mathews only managed to score 38 runs from the two matches that he has played in the UAE.