After 11 long years, England will return to Sri Lanka for a full tour – 3 Tests, 5 One Day Internationals, and a one-off T20 in October 2018. The two teams will play 3 day/night ODIs in venues across the island.
However, the tournament may collide with the island’s northeast monsoon as the three tests are scheduled for the month of November. The limited overs series will end with the only T20 on the 27th of October 2018. The visitors will arrive in Sri Lanka on the first of the month.
England Tour of Sri Lanka (Full Schedule)
1st One Day International – October 10, Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
2nd One Day International – October 13, Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
3rd One Day International- October 17, Pallekele International Stadium, Kandy
4th One Day International – October 20, Pallekele International Stadium, Kandy
5th One Day International- October 23, Colombo R Premadasa Stadium
One-off T20I – October 27, Colombo R Premadasa Stadium
1st Test – November 6, Galle International Stadium
2nd Test – November 14, Pallekele International Stadium, Kandy
3rd Test – November 23, Colombo Sinhalese Sports Club
After the limited overs tour, England will play two two-day warm-up games against NCC and CCC. The 2nd and 5th one-day internationals will have reserve days. Thus far, England has lost 5 and only won 4 out of the 13 Tests played in Sri Lanka. Both teams settled for a draw on four occasions. England’s previous tour of Sri Lanka was in 2012 for a two-match Test series they drew 1-1.
Moreover, One Day International records also favor home team Sri Lanka with 15 wins in the 21 games played so far. In 2014, the visitors were handed five defeats in the seven-match limited over series. As far as Test rankings are concerned, only four points separate the two sides. England with 99 points are in 5th place ahead of Sri Lanka in 6th. However, the visitors are way ahead in ODI cricket. They are in 3rd place. Sri Lanka takes 8th place with only 84 points.
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