England has improved its reputation in recent years as one of the most successful ODI sides, but is prepared to play a more measured game in Sri Lanka if conditions dictate, according to starter Jonny Bairstow.
The five-game ODI series, which faces top-ranked England against No. 8 Sri Lanka, starts next week, with pressure on the hosts after a failed Asian Cup campaign that led to the controversial fall of Captain Angelo Mathews. It is very far from four years ago, when England went to Sri Lanka to refine the World Cup, was defeated 5-2 and dismissed Alastair Cook.
Since that meeting in 2014, Sri Lanka has won only two bilateral ODIs. Series – against the Antilles and Ireland. His last start at home, against South Africa in July, resulted in a 3-2 defeat, although the series was lost when Sri Lanka managed to win a game.
England, on the other hand, won eight series in a row (excluding a single defeat against Scotland), and broke its own record to get the ODI team's highest score in the summer, racking up 481 for 6 against Australia in Trent Bridge. However, Bairstow said that England is ready to "face" Sri Lanka if the surfaces are not so friendly.
"If you look at South Africa's pitches, they look like good cricket throws," Bairstow told reporters. in Colombo "Whether they change their tactics and produce pitches that are slightly different for us … so be it."
"We have to prepare ourselves as that is the case. Yes, we would like to play in good pitches and yes, we would like to have high scoring games, but we are prepared to defeat it and resolve it if necessary.
"Both teams have to hit and play with them, either hit first or bowling first, under lights or during the day, we have experienced these challenges before in India and Bangladesh and we have reached the top, so We are sure to enter the series, we like to think "Most of our players have experienced conditions all over the world."
While England has developed an attack perspective rivaled by a few other parts of a day, they have been prone to occasional spectacular collapses, and Bairstow's comments reflect a recognition that they must prepare for a variety of challenges ahead of next year's World Cup in their homeland.
They will begin their tour proper on Friday, when they face a XI Sri Lanka in Colombo with a largely resolved side Bairstow has become a default option in the first match: Jason Roy and Alex Hales are the options To partner with him, scoring his six hundred ODIs in the last 18 months, but he was not even part of the team four years ago.
"It's great that it went so well, but you want to keep it in the right direction," Bairstow said. "I'm happy with my game, but you want to keep improving, advancing, pushing, this is a great opportunity to do it."