England v Sri Lanka T20Is: All you need to know

The Cricketer provides all the information you need ahead of the three-match T20 series


What is it?

The three-match T20 international series between England and Sri Lanka.

When is it?

First T20I: Wednesday, June 23 - Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (6:30pm BST)

Second T20I: Thursday, June 24 - Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (6:30pm BST)

Third T20I: Saturday, June 26 - The Ageas Bowl, Southampton (2.30pm BST)

Where is it?

Cardiff's Sophia Gardens will host back-to-back evening matches to kick-off the series before the two teams move to Southampton for the third and final game.

Who’s involved?

England are still without Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer as both players continue to recover from finger and elbow problems. The pair have been omitted from these T20s and the upcoming one-day internationals, with no clear timeline over their recovery.

Reece Topley's side strain has ruled him out of virtually the entire international white-ball schedule, having been sidelined for six weeks.

Chris Woakes is back in the fold six years after his last T20I outing, having impressed during the eventually-curtailed Indian Premier League for Delhi Capitals.

There is also a recall for Liam Dawson of Hampshire and Yorkshire's David Willey as Eoin Morgan hones in on his squad for the upcoming World Cup.


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Sri Lanka's 24-strong group includes recalls for Nuwan Pradeep, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando. Uncapped trio Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya Lakshan and Ishan Jayaratne will be looking to make their international debuts, while Praveen Jayawickrama will be eager to make an impression after taking 11 wickets on his maiden Test appearance against Bangladesh.

Against the backdrop of the series is an ongoing dispute between Sri Lanka Cricket and the players, who have agreed to tour England despite rejecting the terms of the new batch of deals, which includes a basic pay cut and more performance-related bonuses.

The series pits together the No.1 ranked T20 nation in the ICC standings, England, against a Sri Lanka side who sit in eighth. While Morgan's side were undone by India in a thrilling-fought five-match series in March, West Indies beat Kusal Perera's team 2-1 in their last outing at this level.

England: Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera (c), Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva, Oshada Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Isuru Udana, Asitha Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep, Binura Fernando, Shiran Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama


What are the odds?

Sky Bet are offering odds of 1/3 on an England victory in the first T20 in south Wales, with Sri Lanka available as outsiders at 5/2.

Will fans be permitted?

Due to a recent relaxing of restrictions in Wales, 2,892 fans will be permitted to attend the first two matches of the series at Sophia Gardens. A limited crowd, close the 4,000 allowed to attend the World Test Championship final, will also be permitted to attend the third and final game in Southampton


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Where can I follow it?

Sky Sports Cricket (Sky 404, Talk Talk 404, BT TV 423, Virgin 504) will broadcast the series in the United Kingdom, with the content available online via its streaming platform Sky Go.

Test Match Special will provide live ball-by-ball commentary via BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website.

Sri Lanka fans can tune in via SLRC and Sony Networks

Sony TEN 2 and Sony TEN 2 HD is the place to watch the series for viewers in India

Fox Sports and Channel 7 have the rights in Australia, while in New Zealand on Sky Sport 2 are carrying the games.

Supersport will broadcast the matches in South Africa, Flow Sports in the Caribbean and Willow TV in the United States.

Gazi TV will supply footage in Bangladesh.




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