England will enter the one-day series against Sri Lanka without match practice and time to acclimatize after their second warm-up game was abandoned without a thrown ball.
Torrential rain in Colombo left puddles on the ground The P Sara Oval means that England could not support the performance on Friday, where it seized a victory of 43 races in Duckworth-Lewis in a chase truncated by the bad light.
The weather could play an important role in the series of a day like It is the time of the northeast monsoon and there are thunderstorms predicted throughout the week in Dambulla, home of the first two ODI of the series of five parties . There are reserve days for the second and fifth matches.
England hoped to use their second start against a Board XI for the remaining members of their squad to run out, but Sam and Tom Curran, Alex Hales and Liam Dawson now enter the series without an intermediate time on the tour.
Hales, who looks set to sit when the series starts, has not played a game since the end of August because he only has a Nottinghamshire white-ball county contract.
The Curran brothers will be considered for the opening ODI with Sam providing the angle of the left arm. England is interested in the attack and received considerable success from David Willey during the summer. Willey was ruled out of this tour due to a back injury, which gave Sam Curran the chance to bet his claim after making his ODI debut against Australia at Old Trafford.
an encouraging start to his career in ODI on the tours of Australia and New Zealand.
Olly Stone, the battered bowler of Warwickshire, played the first warm-up match with Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Ben Stokes as the attack to the rhythm of England. Whichever combination of fast combinations are selected for the first ODI, they will be at a difficult time under conditions of energy depletion that are likely to limit the duration of the spells.
"Some of the children found it difficult to get used to the heat and humidity," Woakes said. "The long spells will probably be few and far between … it's likely that three or four over are as much as you can throw, unless things go really well."
"Even the back of the overs will be difficult. Myself, Mark Wood and Olly Stone talked about that and four of the first three or four balls felt normal and in the back it was difficult to close them when we were getting tired. Everything will improve as the tour progresses and we begin to adapt. "
Woakes is one of the current players from England who was part of the previous tour to Sri Lanka at the end of 2014, where he was the main receiver of the team with 14 memories, his memories of that trip include the importance of making the most of the new ball, a role that Woakes played with distinction on the New Zealand tour earlier this year before losing all of England's white ball game in the local season due to injury.
"The new ball is crucial here. The hitters are usually pretty tough, they know it's a good time to hit, but the first couple of laps swayed a bit the last time, "said Woakes Sky Sports ." The cutters work pretty well here. A little grip, but you have to be very precise. We discovered that yesterday, everything is fine and good, but you have to be right. I did not do that yesterday and I started trying. "