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30-Jun-2011 16:49:00 GMT
England v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Headingley

England Seek to Build Series Lead

Headingley: England will seek to build on the convincing display they gave in the first one-day international when they face Sri Lanka again on Friday.

Alastair Cook's side gave a particularly encouraging bowling performance at The Oval.

But without the floodlights to assist them in Leeds - and a full 50 overs per side expected - they are likely to face a more searching examination.

Sri Lanka will reshuffle their pack after Sanath Jayasuriya's retirement.

The 41-year-old opener bowed out of international cricket after The Oval match, his 445th, to return to domestic politics back home.

The tourists have said they will promote Mahela Jayawardene up the order to open with captain Tillakaratne Dilshan.

That leaves Dinesh Chandimal, a highly rated 21-year-old right-hander, to take the vacant slot at number three. He will be playing his fifth one-day international.

England are expected to stick with the team which made light of rain delays to record a 110-run win in the series opener - with Ian Bell again likely to bat at six.

Tim Bresnan, who hit a quick 23 and collected the wicket of Jayasuriya at The Oval, will be on familiar territory at his home county's ground.

But it was at this venue, aged 21, that he was hit for 29 runs from his only two overs with the new ball - and England were trounced by eight wickets to complete a 5-0 series whitewash by the 2006 Sri Lankans.

"It's just a learning curve. Every international bowler does it, and that was just my time to do it," he said.

Our record at home over the last three years has been very good in one-day cricket. We are a tough side to beat at home, there's no question about that.

Sri Lanka coach Stuart Law said: "We've got to put our minds on the job tomorrow, and come back strong. We've had a good chat about what's been going on, and we hope we can put it right."

Teams from

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Craig Kieswetter (wk), Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn.

Sri Lanka:
Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), Thilina Kandamby, Dinesh Chandimal, Mahela Jayawardene, Suraj Randiv, Dimuth Karunaratne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Kumar Sangakkara.

Pitch and conditions
England's mini-heatwave may have subsided, but the weather is still set fair for Friday, with temperatures in the low-20s and a 10% chance of rain.

Stats and trivia

  • Mahela Jayawardene needs 41 runs to take his ODI tally against England to 1,000
  • James Anderson's haul of 4 for 18 at The Oval was his tenth haul of four wickets or more in 143 ODIs, and his second-best performance in that format.
  • Sri Lanka's 110-run loss at The Oval was their first away defeat by England in an ODI since the Champions Trophy group stage in September 2004
  • It is five years to the day since Sri Lanka inflicted that Headingley hammering on England.

Match facts
Friday, July 1, 2011
Start time 10:45 local (0945 GMT), 15:15 Sri Lanka

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