Captain Eoin Morgan has confirmed that both James Vince and Liam Dawson will play on Tuesday when England face Sri Lanka in a one-off T20 international.
Uncapped Dawson was named in the squad that finished runner-up at the T20 World Cup in India earlier in the year but has yet to make his debut. The Hampshire left-arm spinner has taken seven wickets in the NatWest T20 Blast at an average of 24.42, whilst he has also racked up 149 runs; leaving him top of the standings for both.
Vince, however was included in the test and ODI squads and featured regularly. After struggling in the test series, he notched up a fine half century as England strolled to a 3-0 series win.
Malan and Mills hoping to come good
Hoping to be named in the starting team is Dawid Malan of Sussex after he impressed against Pakistan ‘A’ in the UAE and also aiming for a start is Tymal Mills. This tops a remarkable turnaround for Mills who was forced to retire from first class cricket last year after being diagnosed with a back condition and is limited to four-over spells.
Mills is famous for his pace and gave Chris Gayle a torrid time before dismissing him clean-bowled with a 93mph ball and he has also recorded figures of 3-15 against Kent.
Alex Hales, Moeen Ali and Joe Root have been rested for the one-off game as international cricket at The Ageas Bowl kicks off in 2016.
Sri Lanka will be looking to record their first win of the tour and will be hoping that Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis; who have been their two stand out batsman – will score enough runs to put England’s long batting line up under pressure.
Suranga Lakmal was the tourists’ highest wicket taker during the ODI series with five and consistently looked dangerous, he is sure to cause England some problems.
Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews has apologised for his team’s performances during their tour of England. He took to social media after his side’s latest defeat, “There will be some who will hate us, some still love us. Sorry for letting you down.” He went onto add, “It is tough times but will come back hard”.
Mathews performed well during the ODI series and was his sides’ second highest run scorer with 253, 14 behind Chandimal.
The match starts at 18:30.