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England vs. Sri Lanka World T20 Open Thread

Avoid the sticky wicket.

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England and Sri Lanka match up at Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi and it is safe to say this is a pretty big match for our boys. With South Africa taking on the West Indies on Friday, a win will be necessary for England to move on to the second round.

There has been some criticism of the English cricketers not playing well on the road, particularly in their match against Afghanistan. The club has also appeared unfamiliar with some opponents, and having not played Sri Lanka in some time, that could be a factor in this match. To his credit, assistant coach Paul Fabrace says the team will be ready.

"Sri Lanka are capable of beating anyone on their day," he said. "Between Trevor [Bayliss] and myself, we know a fair bit about them and their players, but our focus will be on us and what we need to do and how we need to win the game. We know we've got areas to improve: we're not going to hide behind anything. We've got to keep working hard on our all-round game. We played half a game again, but we won, which is the most important thing."

Likely lineups:

England: Jason Roy, James Vince/Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett.

Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Chamara Kapugedera, Angelo Mathews (capt), Malinda Siriwardana, Thissara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dushmantha Chameera.