England could be without bowler David Willey for much of the one-day series against Sri Lanka after the Yorkshire seamer was ruled out for six weeks with an abdominal injury. The 26-year-old suffered the blow in the County Championship match against Surrey and, although he could bat later in the match if required, he will not be risked with the ball.
Following a three-match Test series starting next Thursday [19 May], England face Sri Lanka in five ODIs and one Twenty20 game in June and July. Willey, who took 10 wickets at the T20 World Cup in India, was expected to be part of both squads however his participation has been thrown into doubt.
The length of Willey's absence means he is expected to miss the first one-day game on 21 June at Trent Bridge, and though he is expected to return to full fitness by the second match on 24 June at Edgbaston, the nature of abdominal injuries means he is unlikely to be risked. That could see the left-arm bowler sidelined until the third limited overs meeting with Sri Lanka on 26 June at Bristol.
The series concludes with matches at The Oval [29 June] and Cardiff's Swalec Stadium [2 July] before the one-off T20 international at the Ageas Bowl [5 July]. England's one-day schedule resumes again in August when they face Pakistan in three one-dayers and one T20 clash.