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Sri Lanka v England - First ODI

Interactive commentary of the opening one-day international, at Colombo

  • SRI LANKA WIN BY 25 Runs to go 1-0 up
    Moeen Ali posts Eng's 3rd fastest ODI hundred
    SL 317-6 - Dilshan 88
    Eng 292 all out off 47.1 overs
    11/26/2014 8:46:17 AM
    Not six months have passed since Sri Lanka sealed a 3-2 ODI win on English turf but now the two teams are ready to do it all again (weather permitting), this time over seven games and with the World Cup looming large on the horizon.
    11/26/2014 7:31:01 AM
  • Send for George Formby ! Window cleaner required

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    11/26/2014 7:36:22 AM
  • Cracking couple of guests in the Sky Sports studio today - Matt Prior and Marcus Trescothick. If England are looking to play a dynamic brand of cricket at the World Cup...
    11/26/2014 7:50:00 AM
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    11/26/2014 7:53:31 AM
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  • Yep - it's most definitely time to get the brollies out. Nick among those sensibly taking cover

    11/26/2014 8:10:56 AM
  • All eyes were on Steven Finn this morning before the rain returned as the seamer went through a lengthy and vigorous fitness test to see if he is suitably recovered from a groin injury to participate should there be any play today. There was no clear indication at the end of it which way England are thinking - but Nick is in no doubt that the bowler has a vital role to play in the coming months...
    11/26/2014 8:16:01 AM
  • [nickknight]
    “England will be desperate for Steven Finn to lead that attack without Broad and Anderson. Watching him warm up he wasn’t a full throttle but he was getting through his action. If he misses a couple of games then so be it – remember there are seven games so there will be an opportunity for him to have a significant impact on the series. For what it’s worth I think he is a crucial member of this squad moving forward into the World Cup.

    11/26/2014 8:16:27 AM
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    11/26/2014 8:17:53 AM
  • Mmm. Not too encouraging, I have to say but let's not abandon hope just yet! This game has been allocated a scheduled rain day tomorrow so there is the possibility we could spill over into a two-day one-day international...
    11/26/2014 8:18:50 AM
  • The ever-running debate about who should open England's innings is ticking along very healthily with skipper Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali in pole position, the latter cashing in against Sri Lanka A with a 21-ball half-century. Who do you want to see open? Send your thoughts to @SkyCricket. Here's Nick's take...
    11/26/2014 8:24:27 AM
  • [nickknight]“From Moeen Ali’s perspective I think it is an excellent decision because he’s very good in that format of the game – it’s what he does for Worcestershire so I expect him to take to the role as he did in the warm-up game. But is it the right thing for England moving forward? I personally don’t want to see Alex Hales miss out – I think he should be in the XI so then you start questioning who is going to miss out if he comes in. You start looking back to the top and the captain, and then Ian Bell. There are all sorts of little scenarios that could happen throughout this seven-game series.

    11/26/2014 8:25:01 AM
  • Ali stars in win over Sri Lanka A
    11/26/2014 8:25:26 AM
  • So let's get the view of a chap who knew a little bit about opening... MARCUS TRESCOTHICK
    “England are experimenting a little bit to work out what the best formula is. But how much cricket are they going to get to play? England need to start building momentum; it has been a little bit disjointed so they need to get a solid unit to try and build for the future. When they play India and Australia after Christmas, that will be a really big time.

    11/26/2014 8:34:14 AM
  • But MATT PRIOR says the England camp won't be looking ahead to 2015 just yet...
    “Alastair Cook and Peter Moores will be taking each game as an individual event and wanting to win each game. They won’t be looking too far ahead. Of course there is a World Cup coming up in Australia but this England cricket team today will be very focussed on today and getting a good result. Playing cricket in Sri Lanka is a tough enough challenge as it is so you’ve got to play your best team to win the series. If England do win an ODI series, that will breed confidence in the squad.

    11/26/2014 8:36:52 AM
    It has stopped raining but the covers are very firmly on. It’s currently 2:08pm in Colombo - the latest we can start today is 8.17pm (that's 2.47pm UK time). In that scenario we would have a Twenty20 game...
    11/26/2014 8:39:24 AM
  • Beefy reckons there's no point risking Finn today if he's not fully fit - especially if it is going to be a shortened game

    11/26/2014 8:40:59 AM
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    11/26/2014 8:42:00 AM
  • The groundstaff are tentatively making their way out to the middle to inspect the puddles

    11/26/2014 8:43:15 AM
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    11/26/2014 8:51:47 AM
  • So the toss has been delayed, predictably, which means plenty of time to mull over all things World Cup-wise. The big question is how does this tour fit into England's Masterplan?
    11/26/2014 8:54:26 AM
  • 11/26/2014 8:54:42 AM
    Our studio guests Matt Prior and Marcus Trescothick have shared their thoughts on the Phil Hughes incident. The Australia batsman remains in a critical condition in a Sydney hospital after being struck on the head by a ball during a Sheffield Shield match.

    You turn onto Twitter, see the news and it’s absolutely horrific. It’s not something you expect in this day and age with modern technology but it has hit him in the wrong place. Our thoughts go out to his family.

    It was sickening. It’s pretty common for players to get hit but the after effects of this were terrible.

    11/26/2014 9:05:06 AM
  • That news has put this tour - and the build-up to the World Cup - in perspective and Phillip remains in all our thoughts.
    11/26/2014 9:12:27 AM
  • Here's the latest...
    11/26/2014 9:13:16 AM
  • Talk in the studio has now turned towards the 2015 World Cup, with England's top three very much the favourite topic of discussion...
    11/26/2014 9:15:39 AM
  • Here's what you're saying on Twitter...

    11/26/2014 9:16:36 AM
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  • Here's Tresco's view...
    “In these conditions, England will play their best team – when they go to Australia they will play their best team for that – so you need a squad of about 13/14 that are going to mix and match. I was quite surprised to see Moeen Ali promoted to open because Alex Hales is, for me, somebody who scores quickly and can bat a long time and get big scores. Moeen Ali will do a good job at the top of the order but I think you’ve got to allow Hales a little bit more time.

    11/26/2014 9:17:57 AM
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    11/26/2014 9:21:14 AM
  • JOS BUTTLER will undoubtedly be a key man for England this winter... Ian Ward caught up with him earlier in the week...
    11/26/2014 9:22:34 AM
  • Here are PRIOR's thoughts on the man who currently has the gloves

    Jos alluded to getting the balance right between batting and wicketkeeping and how much you have to work on each. I remember when I was younger, I wanted to bat and 80-90 per cent of the time I was in the nets getting my batting right. Jos mentioned how hard he is working on his keeping and trying to get that right because it is tough – you have to perform at both. You have to score runs and you have to catch everything."

    11/26/2014 9:26:11 AM
  • TRESCO says he's impressed with how Buttler's keeping is coming on...
    “I think he has progressed nicely in the last year or so. It has helped that he has had the opportunity to catch balls day in, day out. I never had an issue with him standing back to quick bowlers – I was always fine with that – but I thought he needed to improve upon standing up to spinners. Gradually he’ll get that practice more in Test cricket.” 

    11/26/2014 9:30:52 AM
  • England win the toss and bowl first. 50 overs a side. Sri Lanka inns starts at 10am on SS2.#SLvENG
  • In last 33 ODIs at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, 31 captains have won the toss and batted first - only 2 have bowled 1st #raintodaythough
  • So a decent start for Alastair Cook, who has called correctly. "The pitch seems quite tacky," says the skipper, who confirms that Alex Hales does miss out to get another bowler into the side. Steve Finn also misses out after on the basis of this morning's fitness test.
    11/26/2014 9:33:55 AM
  • #SLvENG Alex Hales misses out for England with Moeen Ali opening alongside Cook. Steven Finn is also absent with a groin strain.
    Nothing official as yet but the thinking is that Bopara and Gurney both play, with Moeen Ali at the top of the order. We'll get them to you as soon as they are confirmed.
    11/26/2014 9:35:35 AM
  • BEEFY'S BETS[ianbotham]
    Sir Ian Botham is tipping Moeen Ali to be the man to shine in England's seven-match one-day series against Sir Lanka.

    Moeen is the man in form. He was impressive the other day with bat and ball and the conditions will certainly suit his style of cricket.

    Do you agree with Beefy? Fancy a bet on the series. Moeen Ali to be England’s top series run scorer and leading wicket-taker is a 40/1 double. Find all Beefy's Bets here.

    11/26/2014 9:37:00 AM
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    11/26/2014 9:38:33 AM
  • [davidlloyd] Winning the toss is very important – the pitch is very tacky and understandably so. It’s just a little bit damp on top so you have a bowl first. This is such an exciting time for the team going forward. I know people say ‘why do you come to Sri Lanka?’ The answer is because it’s available. England have got lots of chances in the coming months to play 50-over cricket and I’d hope that all of the players will have an opportunity.

    11/26/2014 9:44:36 AM
  • BUMBLE has also had his say on England's openers...
    [davidlloyd] The question that everybody would want answering is, ‘is Alastair Cook one of the best six batsmen in one-day cricket? The selectors have said ‘yes’ so he’s got an opportunity as captain of the team to nail everybody and show that he can do the job. I know that Hales will be desperately disappointed and if you ask anybody they’d have Hales in the team. But it doesn’t matter what we think. I’m with Mark Butcher who has said – in fact I put it on my blog – we talk about finishers. That’s fine but you’ve got to have guys like Buttler, Stokes and Bopara an opportunity to maybe start their innings and build.

    Check out Bumble's blog here...
    11/26/2014 9:49:19 AM
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