England has a busy and long cricket summer ahead in 2021. The hosts began their 2021 summer with a Test series against New Zealand. Unfortunately, a poor showing in the two-match series saw them go down against the BlackCaps by a margin of 0-1. However, the action now shifts to the white-ball series against Sri Lanka from June 23.
Sri Lanka will tour England to play limited-overs matches after a span of nearly five years. They last toured England in 2016 to play five ODIs and the only T20I match. On English soil, both the teams played their last head-to-head game in World Cup 2019 where Sri Lanka stunned the hosts to secure a 20-run win. It will be an opportunity for England to avenge their WC defeat and begin their limited-overs season on a bright note.
Sri Lankan cricket has faced a lot of turbulence due to the ongoing rift between players and the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board. The Islanders will be arriving into this series on the back of an ODI series loss against Bangladesh. On the other hand, England still has a few injury concerns ahead of the limited-overs assignment against Sri Lanka. Although they have recalled a few of their ODI regulars including the likes of Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan to face SL in the three-match T20I series.
Here’s a look at the Sri Lanka Tour of England 2021 in detail:
ENG vs SL series 2021 Full Schedule & Match Timings:
The Sri Lanka tour of England 2021 kickstarts with the first T20I scheduled to be played on June 23 at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. While the first two T20Is will be played in Cardiff, the third T20I is set to be hosted at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The action for the ODI series will follow shortly with the first ODI beginning from June 29. The ENG vs SL 2021 white-ball series culminates on July 4.
ENG vs SL 2021 T20I series schedule
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ENG vs SL 2021 ODI series schedule
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England vs Sri Lanks Head to Head Records | H2H Stats
Head to Head in ODIs
- Matches Played – 75
- England Won – 36
- Sri Lanka Won – 36
- Tied – 1
- No Result – 2
Head to Head in T20Is
- Matches Played – 9
- England Won – 5
- Sri Lanka Won – 4
ENG vs SL 2021 Live Telecast & Streaming Details
Sri Lanka tour of England 2021 will be broadcasted live on the Sony Sports Network in India. Sony Sports Network will be streaming all the England vs Sri Lanka 2021 live cricket action starting June 23 at 10.30 PM IST. Sony LIV App and website will also stream live all cricket action on the digital platforms. The following platforms will telecast the England vs Sri Lanka 2021 in the respective countries.
India: Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV
England: Sky Sports
Sri Lanka: Channel Eye; Digital Streaming on Sri Lanka Cricket YouTube Channel
Australia: Fox Sports
South Africa: SuperSport
How to Watch ENG vs SL 2021 Live Stream Free?
The live streaming of the ENG vs SL 2021 can be accessed on the JioTV app or Airtel TV for free. You can download these apps to get live streaming action for free on your smartphones, laptops, and tablet screens
ENG vs SL Squads – T20Is and ODIs
We have announced our squad for the Men's Vitality IT20 series against Sri Lanka! 👇
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 12, 2021
England has announced a 16-member T20I squad for the three-match series against Sri Lanka. Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Reece Topley were not considered due to their injury concerns. However, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, and Jonny Bairstow are back in the squad after being rested from the Test series against New Zealand.
Woakes was included in England's T20I squad for the first time since 2015. Also, David Willey and Liam Dawson were two major entrants making a return to the T20I squad.
England T20I squad: Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
The hosts are yet to announce their ODI squad for the series against Sri Lanka. It is believed that some of their key players including Joe Root will be making a return to the squad. However, there are questions over the possible return of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer as the duo continues to recover from their injury.
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) June 8, 2021
Sri Lanka has also announced their limited-overs squad earlier for the tour of England 2021. Kusal Parera was named the captain in the ODI series against Bangladesh and will continue to lead the squad against England. SL has picked some of the new faces for the limited-overs series against a strong England team. It also means that the likes of Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, and Dimuth Karunaratne remain out of contention.
Sri Lanka T20I and ODI squad vs ENG 2021: Kusal Perera (c), Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Isuru Udana, Binura Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep, Shiran Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama, Asitha Fernando and Ishan Jayaratne.