England vs Sri Lanka 2021, 2nd ODI- England’s Predicted XI

Updated - 30 Jun 2021, 07:37 PM

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England Rode on Joe Root‘s unbeaten 79 to beat Sri Lanka in the first ODI in Chester-Le-Street on Tuesday. Both teams face off in the next game on Thursday at the Kia Oval. The teams will walk into the park with totally different agendas. While the Lankans will look to win the second game to win the series England will look to win the game to bag another ODI series win. In the process, they would look to extend their lead in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.

England ideally would look to fiend an unchanged XI after putting up a comprehensive performance against the visitors. In this article, we take a look at their predicted XI for the second ODI. England are currently topping the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League points table with 50 points from 10 games.

England vs Sri Lanka 2021,2nd ODI- England’s Predicted XI

Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow
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Bairstow scored a breezy 43 in the first game and gave his team a quick start. With Buttler missing at the top, his role in the second game will be similar. Ideally, he would look to convert his start which he did not in the first game.

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Dawid Malan

Dawid Malan
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As a part of England’s rotational policy, the side might like to try Dawid Malan in the opening role, he did it in the ODIs and with Liam Livingstone failing in the first game, they get all the more reason to do that.

Joe Root

Joe Root. (Credits: Twitter)

Root slots in at number three. he was unbeaten on 79 in the first game. He would like to score a century in the next game. Skipper Eoin Morgan has further said that Root is in their plans for the T20 World Cup and with the form he showed in the first game, he can certainly be in contention.

Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan, Phil Whitticase
England captain Eoin Morgan and match referee Phil Whitticase. (Photo: Twitter)

Morgan scored 6 off 17 in a relatively easy chase. He has been the team’s pillar at number four. He would like to make up for his chance in the remaining two games. Morgan’s form will be key for England heading into the T20 World Cup in a few month’s time.

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Sam Billings

Sam Billings, Delhi Capitals, IPL 2021, ICC T20 World Cup
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Billings like Morgan wasted his opportunity to score some runs in the first ODI. If he fails in the second ODI, he might be benched for the third. Billings has not made the most of his opportunities in recent times. Since his debut in 2015, he has played just over 50 international games for his side.

Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali
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Ali slots in at number six. He scored a crucial 28 in the first game and picked up a wicket in the couple of overs he bowled. The all-rounder has been a utility cricket for his team and has proved his mettle time and again for the Three Lions.

Sam Curran

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Sam at seven extends England’s batting lineup. He is a clean hitter of the ball and can play the situation as well. Unfortunately, he went wicketless with the ball. He is good enough a player to make a comeback and would look to do just that in the second game.

Chris Woakes

Chris Woakes
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Woakes bagged a Man of the Match performance in the first ODI. He bagged 4/18 in his spell and put a lid on Sri Lanka’s total score. Woakes has become one of his team’s most dependable players over time and his performance in the first ODI proves just why he is crucial for his team.

Mark Wood

Mark Wood
Mark Wood. Image credits: Peter Cziborra / Reuters

Wood bowled economically in the first ODI. He gave away just 19 runs in his seven overs and held one end up. From the other end, the likes of Woakes, Willey and Moeen Ali took the wickets.

David Willey

David Willey. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Willey with his pace and swing proved a handful for the Sri Lankan batters in the first game. He took 3 for 44 which included the crucial wicket of Wanindu Hasaranga for 54. Willey was as good as Woakes in the first game.

Adil Rashid

Adil Rashid
England spinner Adil Rashid. (Photo: Getty Images)

Rashid culminates England’s predicted playing Xi that they can look to field in the second ODI. England will win the series if they win the game.

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