There were signs during the latter stages of an often one-sided Test series that Sri Lanka were finally getting to grips with English conditions and a case can be made for them making a winning start to the five-match One Day series.

Thankfully, there is a good forecast for the first game, a day nighter, at Trent Bridge and the tourists will fancy their chances at a venue which has produced some belting batting strips this summer, especially if they can bat second.

While the chances of another road is limited given the recent rainfall in the East Midlands, Sri Lanka have won 11 of their last 16 matches against their hosts and will be heartened by two routs of Ireland in their warm up games last week.

Unlike a number of other UK venues, chasing under lights in Nottingham is no barrier to success with the stats favouring those sides taking second dig. That record will please Angelo Matthews' side if they can call correctly at the toss and prevent their hosts from choosing their favourite discipline.

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At present, England seem to struggle assessing a pitch and judging what is a competitive total to set whereas they have turned into an excellent chasing outfit as they showed at this venue last year when making light of a 350-chase against New Zealand.

England bat so deep which probably explains their ability to chase down huge totals and, although a lack of consistency is still troubling, there is no doubt they are learning to manage games a little better. Their battling line-up is now unrecognisable - even without the injured Ben Stokes - from the stodgy unit which tumbled tamely out of the World Cup.

Joe Root controlled the match against the Kiwis a year ago steering his side to victory with 36 balls remaining and could put a subdued Test series behind him by topping the scoring charts.

With no Stokes, Chris Woakes will be an integral member of the side for the summer and the Warwickshire all rounder could be some value to take most wickets given he finally began to enjoy some success at Lord's, fortune which had largely evaded him to that point with any catch dropped usually off his bowling.

Sri Lanka rattled up two scores of 300 plus in Malahide with Seekkuge Prasanna's scintillating pinch-hitting in the second game yielding nine sixes in a thrilling 95 from 46 balls. He could be interesting if batting up the order but centurion Kusal Perera compiled 135 on the bridle last week, an innings built around some beautifully timed off drives, and he is taken to head the run-scoring charts.
Joe Root top run scorer for England - 1pt @ 7/2
Chris Woakes win top wicket taker for England - 1pt @ 5/1
Kusal Perera win top run scorer for Sri Lanka - 1pt @ 4/1