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Eoin Morgan and Trevor Bayliss- England one-day captain Eoin Morgan ready to make 'brave call' and drop himself at World Cup if he is not in form Eoin Morgan England's one-day captain talks with coach Trevor Bayliss during a practice session Credit Getty Images
Cary Erickson | 13 October, 2018, 14:15

England have explained the decision to tour Sri Lanka in the wet season by blaming the packed global schedule which forces some series to be played during out of season months.

Eoin Morgan insists he would not think twice about dropping himself if it helped England's chances of winning the World Cup.

"It's going to be a tough series for Sri Lanka against an England side who I think will be well adapted to any conditions we play them under", former prolific batsman Sangakkara said. "With the potential, with this World Cup or the next one, we need to put ourselves in the best position in order to be contenders", he told Sky Sports.

"It's a courageous call, but we've come a long way with this team".

Chandimal, who missed the Asia Cup and the preceding ODI series against South Africa due to injury and suspension, cautioned that home pitches had "a lot of spin".

"We've actually been quite lucky, we've had a couple of good practice days before the warm-ups and we managed to dodge the rain yesterday for a good practice too", he said. They got all the experience and talent and we have to compete with them.

Chandimal said he hoped to improve the team's fielding.

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England's abundance of seam bowling options has been highlighted by the options taken to Sri Lanka, with newcomer Stone joining Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran and Sam Curran. Their hosts have not won in nine series and lost to Afghanistan and Bangladesh in last month's Asia Cup.

England beat India 2-1 in July to record their eighth consecutive bilateral ODI series win with just a loss in a one-off match against Scotland tarnishing their record over the past 18 months. The three-match Test series will take place in Galle, Pallekele, and Colombo respectively.

The three Tests, starting in Galle on Nov 6, will likely be a severe Test for an England side captained by Joe Root who have been all-conquering at home but fragile overseas in the past few years.

And here is how you can see if England get the series off to a flying start or if Sri Lanka can upset the odds.

Sri Lanka have sunk to No 8 in the rankings, have dropped their best batsman Angelo Mathews for fitness reasons and will begin this tour under a corruption cloud amid an investigation by the ICC.

"It was frustrating, especially as the umpires did call for the covers before the rain arrived, because when it rains here it rains for hours", England captain, Eoin Morgan said.