Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook retains captaincy as England tour Sri Lanka Getty

England's tour of Sri Lanka will kick start on Wednesday, 26 November as the English side face the Lankans in the first One Day International (ODI) at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

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The match starts at 11:30am BST. Live coverage will be available on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Follow live updates of the match on ESPN Cricinfo. Click here for the live streaming of the match.


After suffering a series whitewash away from home against India, Sri Lanka will take England's tour as an opportunity to get a confidence boost by registering a series win.

The Lankans suffered a 5-0 series defeat at the hands of India earlier this month. The World Champions were led by Virat Kohli in the absence of MS Dhoni. After the embarrassing loss, Sri Lanka made several changes to their ODI squad for the England series.

Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara will have a huge role in helping Sri Lanka bounce back against England after their series defeat at the hands of India. Getty Images

Meanwhile, England will be hoping to use the ODI series and prepare themselves for the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The Three Lions were left short of preparations for the ODI series in Sri Lanka as their second warm-up match was called off due to bad weather even without a bowl being bowled.

A victory for Sri Lanka on Wednesday will help them regain their confidence after their back-to-back defeats against India. However, on the downside, if they fail to win, the pressure will be on Angelo Mathews and his men for the remaining ODIs.

Betting Odds (

  • Sri Lanka to win: 4/7
  • England to win: 11/8

Team News

Sri Lanka

Probable Lineup: Kusal Perera (WK), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (C), Jeevan Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Lahiru Gamage, Dhammika Prasad, Ajantha Mendis


Probable Lineup: Alex Hales, Alastair Cook (C), Harry Gurney, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, James Tredwell, Steven Finn