The northeast monsoon is up and running, more rain is on the way and, with more interruptions, it is likely that the spinners will be asked to rush through the auctions so that it is completed enough to constitute a game. This is what happened in the second ODI in Dambulla. The England fast had reduced Sri Lanka to 35 by 4 at the end of nine passes, and in doing so, had managed to get their team to face the score by Duckworth-Lewis-Stern.
With the clouds gathering to the south, Eoin Morgan threw the ball to his spinners. His mandate: to overcome the 11 attempts as quickly as possible, so that the minimum of 20 can be completed. But when hurrying, England gave Sri Lanka a slight glimmer of hope, Dhananjaya de Silva forged recoveries with Kusal Perera initially, and Then with Thisara Perera. Having allowed themselves to relax during a period in which England's priority was not to maintain optimal pressure on the opposition, Dhananjaya and Thisara were approaching half a century when the rain finally arrived, and washed the rest of the game.  England still felt comfortable winning, but nevertheless, they have evaluated the fact that they were not as clinical through those 11 excesses as they would have liked to be.
"You have to hurry through the excesses but not the haste through your bowling," said Moeen Ali, who delivered five of those 11 cases. "You're running through field placements, and your thinking is not so clear, I think once we get the 20 overs out of the way we take our time a bit as always, we talk about that and we have to counter that and take it into the equation, there may be a time when the situation gets back on like that, and we have to be a little smarter. "
Batsmen have often spoken of feeling frustrated by the interruptions of the rain, which sometimes serve to break concentration and exhaust their impulse inputs. Bowlers also have to adapt to shortened games, Moeen said, although with the T20 raise, defending a total by a smaller number of shots may not be the challenge it once was.
"With so much T20 right now, it helps a little to adapt, because you know about the shorter game, the field restrictions are different, I think it's more about staying in the moment. very very important ".
Although England played no less than three front-line spinners on Saturday, with left arm Liam Dawson joining Moeen's more established pairing and Adil Rashid, England will run out of Dawson for the rest of the series, after suffering a lateral tension during that second ODI. As a result, it is likely that England's XI looks more like the team they play at home, with a third seamstress likely to enter next door in Dawson's place.
"We'll probably go back to the rest of the team that" I've had in recent years, "Moeen said." It's a shame for Daws. It would have been a great opportunity to play regularly. I think that's something he's been waiting for a while. Unfortunately, it has not happened to him "