Robbie Handley looks forward to the ODI series against Sri Lanka
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.