Sri Lanka v England: First ODI abandoned due to heavy rain

Perhaps the biggest plus England could take out of this month is the return of fitness form and confidence

England's first one-day global against Sri Lanka was abandoned after 15 overs because of rain in Dambulla.

"Very happy being favourites".

On Tuesday night the indications were that Stone would play in Dambulla in an attempt by England to finally find a bowler with the extra pace and X-factor that have been lacking for them, particularly in overseas conditions. Meanwhile, the cricketer has also cleared that he won't hesitate from the team during the World Cup if it is benefitting the team.

In the period Morgan, who is England's leading ODI run-scorer, has averaged 41.79 but such is the batting strength available that any blip in form stands out.

"There is always pressure being number one".

"We were keen to get into the series and get going and play but hopefully we'll have a bit of luck along the way with the weather. I think in the dressing room we have a good understanding... and know that we need to keep improving and pushing the boundaries".

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All we could manage today is 15 overs.

Morgan has been a pivotal figure in England's revival since the 2015 World Cup, instilling a belief and positivity as captain which has carried them to the top of the world rankings.

Underdogs Sri Lanka are still reeling from the axing of captain Angelo Mathews after a dismal run of 30 losses in their last 40 ODIs including defeats to Bangladesh and Afghanistan in last month's Asia Cup.

"Especially for the batters it's not easy to play... When the situation comes we have some game plans which we will have to execute". If you like cricket, there is no shortage of it, is all that we'll say on the matter for the time being.

"In the last few days, we worked really hard on our fielding individually and as a group", he said.

Even though Sri Lankan conditions provide a challenge for visiting teams, it would be a surprise if new captain Dinesh Chandimal's side win more than one or two of the five games, let alone achieve a resounding series win as they did in 2014.

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