Sri Lanka v England: ECB defends touring during monsoon season

Ruben Hill
October 17, 2018

The 28-year-old had been selected for the opening two matches of the series in a three-man spin attack and would have been likely to be selected for the remaining three games. Though rain played a spoilsport, it gave England a win by 31 runs (D/L rules).

England's preparations for the series were also rain-affected, with a DLS finish to their first warm-up match and the second called off without a ball bowled at Colombo's P Sara Stadium. There is no guarantee the weather will have improved by the time the Test series starts on November 6.

One of four monsoon seasons in Sri Lanka takes place between October and November, according to the Department of Meteorology in Sri Lanka.

Liam Dawson has suffered a possible World Cup body blow after sitting out England's training session in Kandy on Monday with a side strain.

"After hosting England, Sri Lanka spend the rest of the 18-19 season touring New Zealand, Australia and South Africa". Their bowler wrecked Sri Lanka's top-order early to give team much-needed good start.

While those dates are not quite accurate - the final Test will finish, if it lasts for five days, on November 27 - the point is valid.

Joe Denly is to travel to Sri Lanka earlier than expected after Liam Dawson was ruled out of the remaining three matches of England's one-day worldwide series with a side strain. Jayasuriya was national selector until July a year ago and many of those playing in today's day-nighter in Kandy for Sri Lanka will know him well. With cash-strapped boards keen to maximise every opportunity to sell broadcast rights, they took the latter option.

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