England are “more than pleased” being favourites for the one-day sequence in Sri Lanka however are conscious that previous excursions had been “difficult”, Jos Buttler mentioned Tuesday at the eve of the primary tournament in Dambulla. Sri Lanka’s captain Dinesh Chandimal warned in the meantime that stipulations had been “very other” to England, with some “thriller spinners” who may just pose issues for Eoin Morgan’s batsmen. “More than happy being favourites. It displays now we have been doing excellent stuff and I love being favourites,” Buttler advised newshounds, announcing the group had been “very assured” and aiming to be “pushing the bounds”.
The batsman added, then again: “We are very acutely aware of Sri Lanka’s qualities in those stipulations. They’ve some skilled avid gamers… It is been difficult previously for England facets to return right here.”
He added that being the number-one ranked one-day aspect forward of subsequent 12 months’s International Cup on house soil introduced its personal pressures.
“There’s all the time power being primary. While you get there, I believe that is when the laborious paintings truly begins. You have got a little of a goal to your again.
“It’s all the way down to you to stay bettering and check out to stick there. That is the problem and it has its personal pressures. I believe within the dressing room we have now a excellent figuring out… and know that we wish to stay bettering and pushing the bounds.”
Buttler mentioned the International Cup was once at the back of everybody’s thoughts, however they had been taking each and every sequence one after the other and was hoping to construct a core staff of avid gamers for subsequent 12 months’s championship.
“It is about trending in the precise manner and with the ability to construct a core staff of avid gamers — a squad of 15, 16, 17 guys — who we will name upon expectantly for the International Cup,” he mentioned.
Underdogs Sri Lanka are nonetheless reeling from the axing of captain Angelo Mathews after a depressing run of 30 losses of their remaining 40 ODIs together with defeats to Bangladesh and Afghanistan in remaining month’s Asia Cup.
Chandimal, who ignored the Asia Cup and the previous ODI sequence towards South Africa because of damage and suspension, cautioned that house pitches had “numerous spin”.
“Particularly for the batters it isn’t simple to play… We have now some thriller spinners as smartly.
“They were given all of the revel in and ability and we need to compete with them. When the placement comes we have now some recreation plans which we will be able to need to execute.”
Chandimal mentioned he was hoping to strengthen the group’s fielding.
“In the previous couple of days, we labored truly laborious on our fielding for my part and as a gaggle,” he mentioned.
“That is the greatest exchange we’re looking to make on this sequence — give precedence to our fielding and provides it numerous consideration.”
The five-match one-day sequence is adopted by way of 3 Checks in November.