England and Sri Lanka will play a three-match ODI series after the T20I series. The ODI series is a part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. The first game will be played on Tuesday at Chester-le-Street. The Lankans are placed at the bottom of the points table while England are placed fourth with 4 wins in 9 games. England lost the previous ODI series against India.
Meanwhile, the hosts have a few injury concerns heading into the series. Jos Buttler has been ruled out of the series. Jason Roy is also recovering from a hamstring injury. Joe Root has been added to the squad. Despite the absence of Buttler, England looks a formidable side and looks good to win the series. In this article, we predict England’s playing XI for the first game.
England vs Sri Lanka 2021, 1st ODI-England’s Predicted XI
Bairstow opens the innings in the first game. He played all three games in the T20Is and scored 64 runs in the series. He is an attacking option at the top and can decimate the opposition bowling attack on his date. With the Sri Lankan bowlers struggling in the series, Bairstow can take advantage of that.