The ODI series between England and Sri Lanka gets underway at Trent Bridge, with England welcoming back the usual suspects for white ball cricket. Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid make a return to England colours as expected and despite a poor Test series there is still space for James Vince, who looks far more suited to the shorter format.

England’s recent record in ODI cricket suggests they should win the series at a canter. A quite frankly amazing series against New Zealand last summer saw the first English score of over 400 in an ODI and a 3-1 win in the UAE against a decent Pakistan team showed amazing progress in white ball cricket.

Sri Lanka named an expected squad, giving a return to ODI cricket to Farveez Maharoof after four years out of the side. The tourists have been smashing Ireland about in two ODI’s and some eye-catching performances from Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Perera show their preference to the white ball. Spare a thought for pace man Shaminda Eranga who not only has been banned from bowling due to a suspect action, but is in hospital with an elevated heartbeat after feeling discomfort in the 2nd ODI vs Ireland. Let’s hope he makes a full recovery and we wish him well.

Turning our attention to the series betting, I can’t see anything less than an England win at 1/4. Too much quality in depth coupled with a concerted effort from Andrew Strauss to concentrate on white ball cricket should see a comfortable England win. If you’re looking for something with more rewarding odds, Buttler is priced at 8/1 to be top England batsman for the series - a great price for someone who seems to churn out the breathtaking performances effortlessly.
England To Win The ODI Series - 1pt @ 1/4
Buttler To Be Top England Batsmen In The Series - 1pt @ 8/1