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England’s first ODI with Sri Lanka abandoned after heavy rain

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Cassandra Castillo | 10 October, 2018, 21:53

"It shows we've been doing good stuff and I like being favourites", Buttler told reporters, saying the team were "very confident" and aiming to be "pushing the boundaries".

The pair did bring up a notable landmark during their 49-run opening stand, however, becoming the first England partnership to pass 1,000 ODI runs together in a calendar year in just their 18th innings. "The umpires played it really well and gave it plenty of time to get the covers on but when they were taking the water away and the covers off there were about three or four really muddy patches".

But Morgan knows that even a run of eight successive one-day series victories, excluding a freak one-off defeat by Scotland, would mean little if England do not win that elusive World Cup.

"There is always pressure being number one". You've got a bit of a target on your back. That's the challenge and it has its own pressures.

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England's limited-overs side has come a long way since the 2015 World Cup debacle.

"It's about trending in the right way and being able to build a core group of players - a squad of 15, 16, 17 guys - who we can call upon hopefully for the World Cup", he said.

England have won 29 of their last 39 ODIs, while the hosts are ranked eighth and have lost 30 of their last 40 completed games. Having missed the Asia Cup because of injury Chandimal's inclusion comes as a welcome boost for the middle-order that needs some amount of solidity. "He has impressed with the ball, especially in the warm-up game he played, he had an extra yard on the other players and coming in to fill Liam Plunkett's boots at the moment, there is no reason he can't do that". We have some mystery spinners as well.

"We have been trying to figure out where we have got things wrong", Chandimal said. I actually started my one-day worldwide career in the same mode, made my debut, game got called off and then I played in the next match.

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