England give debut to Dan Lawrence, favor Stuart Broad to James Anderson

Toss Sri Lanka selected to bat vs England

Sri Lanka have been hit by harm to their captain, Dimuth Karunaratne, on the opening morning of the Check collection in opposition to England.

Karunaratne is known to have sustained a damaged thumb in coaching and has, in consequence, been compelled out of the match and, most likely, the collection. The incident sustains a grim run for Sri Lanka with accidents in current weeks, with seamer Suranga Lakmal amongst those that are additionally unavailable.

With Karunaratne out, Dinesh Chandimal will captain Sri Lanka. Chandimal not less than began properly sufficient, successful the toss and opting to bat first in Galle. Whereas a simple sufficient choice – the pitch at Galle is anticipated to supply substantial flip because the match wears on – with the world hit by unseasonable rain in current days, there could be a little bit help for England’s bowlers within the first session.

Karunaratne’s absence additionally ensured a spot for Lahiru Thirimanne and the retention of Kusal Mendis, who suffered three successive geese on the just lately concluded tour of Sri Lanka.

Dan Lawrence, in the meantime, wins a debut for England. He was offered with cap No. 697 by his former Essex captain, James Foster, minutes earlier than the toss. Foster is with the squad within the function of wicketkeeping advisor.

As anticipated, England opted for 2 specialist spinners, in Dom Bess and Jack Leach. Stuart Broad, England’s prime wicket-taker in Check cricket in 2020, was most popular to James Anderson for choice, with Mark Wooden offering some tempo and Sam Curran some swing and left-arm variation.

Which means there are solely 4 survivors within the England group from the aspect that received in Sri Lanka in 2018.

England have been on account of put on black armbands in reminiscence of John Edrich, Robin Jackman and Dom Smith, all former England Check cricketers who sadly handed away just lately.

Sri Lanka: 1 Lahiru Thirimanne, 2 Kusal Perera, 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 7 Dasun Shanaka, 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Dilruwan Perera, 10 Lasith Embuldeniya, 11 Asitha Fernando

England: 1 Dom Sibley, 2 Zak Crawley, 3 Jonny Bairstow, 4 Joe Root (capt.), 5 Dan Lawrence, 6 Jos Buttler 7 Sam Curran, 8 Dom Bess, 9 Jack Leach 10 Mark Wooden 11 Stuart Broad

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo


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