England's ODI skipper Eoin Morgan. @ AFP
England’s ODI skipper Eoin Morgan. @ AFP

After a dominating 4-1 Test series and 2-1 ODI series triumphs against sub-continental giants India, England step foot on Sri Lankan soil where they face the home side in five one-day internationals, one off Twenty20 International and three Tests beginning with the first one-dayer at Dambulla on Wednesday.

England, ranked No. 1 in ODs go into the series as favourites despite a poor record on the island. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, will have to regroup after the sacking of captain Angelo Mathew following a dismal show at the 2018 Asia Cup.

The ODI series will provide both teams a chance to test their players and bench strength with the 2019 World Cup just eight months away. “We still have a long way to go. It’s taken us three and a half years to get to where we are, but I think we’re getting to the most important part of what we’ve been planning towards,” England’s ODI captain Eoin Morgan said on Monday.

Sri Lanka have lost 30 of their last 40 ODIs, and newly-appointed skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who missed the Asia Cup and the preceding ODI series against South Africa due to injury and suspension, will have his task cut out come the opener on Wednesday. “We have been trying to figure out where we have got things wrong,” Chandimal, who scored 77 in a practice match against England in Colombo on Friday, said.

“We have an idea now. We will let players adjust to the situations.”

Meanwhile, the three-match Test series begin in Galle on November 6. It will be a stern test for England, led by Joe Root, and without opener Alastair Cook in the side for the first time in 12 years, to prove their home success overseas as well. Sri Lanka have been dominating in Tests recently. They crushed South Africa 2-0 in July, and have winning consistently, specially over the past 18 months, with away Test series wins against both Pakistan and Bangladesh.