Heather Knight and Chamari Atapattu with the trophy. ©SLC

England and Sri Lanka will play each other in a bilateral series in Sri Lanka. The two teams will play three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20s, the ODI series is a part of ICC Women’s Championship.

During the media briefing, Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket Mohan de Silva said, “We are happy to have the England side here. I think you have come after 2.5 years, the last time when you had come here was in 2016 for a bilateral series. I am sure all of you will be having very fond memories of your last trip. Naturally, we have are happy to have you here and expect some scintillating cricket from both teams.” 

Sri Lanka Captain, Chamari Atapattu said, “We are looking forward to the upcoming 3 ODI and 3 T20I which is between played between the two countries. We have prepared well and are delighted to have England.”

England Captain Heather Knight said, “We are very excited to be here, we have come directly from India so it’s the second leg of our trip to the subcontinent and we are delighted to play outside Colombo this time. I have made six trips to Sri Lanka and I have never played outside Colombo. So the girls are excited to see a bit more Sri Lanka hopefully play some good cricket.”

England comes on the back off a winning 3-0 in the T20Is and losing 2-1 in the ODIs against India. Heather Knight said that England has got accustomed to the sub-continental conditions and turnings pitches in India and are looking forward to Sri Lanka tour.

“We have had a brilliant tour in India. Our performance wasn’t great in ODIs but we got used to the turning pitches in India which are similar to Sri Lanka. We played brilliantly in those T20I probably still not quite our best. So we have still got some areas that need a few fine-tuning areas for improvement but the signs are good. We’ve won some close games that we probably shouldn’t lose as well but it’s a good habit to get into. Hopefully, we can start on this trip as it’s important for the points”

Knight said that they haven’t seen the pitch and will see during the warm-up game tomorrow. Also to suit the condition England have three specialist spinners and five seamers.

England will Sri Lanka in the Warm Up game on the 13 March 2019 and the ODI series will begin from the 16 March.

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