England face Sri Lanka in the match no 22 of the ICC World Cup 2015 at Wellington. Playing their fourth group match, England will aim to forget the humiliation they faced in Sri Lanka last year, when the visitors lost the series 5-2 to the hosts.
However, such is the quality of the Sri Lankan team that England will really need to up their game to get a second tournament win at the weekend.
England are under huge pressure to beat Sri Lanka, as another defeat would leave their hopes of qualifying for the latter stages of the World Cup hanging in the balance.
Read on for a full preview of Sunday’s crucial Pool A clash, as well as scheduling, television and live streaming details.
England come into the World Cup, after playing a Tri-Series against Australia and India. Prior to facing Sri Lanka, England played against Australia, New Zealand and Scotland. Post England’s loss in Sri Lanka, the England and Cricket Wales Board (ECB) decided to axe former captain Alastair Cook and appointed Eoin Morgan as the new leader.
England are back in Wellington, where on February 20 they were bowled out for 123 in 33.2 overs and lost to New Zealand by eight wickets with 226 balls remaining. That defeat equaled their heaviest defeat in terms of balls remaining, and against Sri Lanka at the Westpac Stadium on Sunday they will be looking to be much, much better than their last trip here.
Date: Sunday, March 1
Time: 11 a.m. local time, 10 p.m. GMT (day before)
TV Info: Sky Sports 2
Live Stream: Sky Go
Captain Eoin Morgan has suggested that England could make changes, with batsman Gary Ballance most under threat.
England have lost eight of their previous 12 one-day internationals against Sri Lanka, who would all but seal their last-eight spot with a win.
The match sees England return to the ‘Cake Tin’, the ground where they were thrashed by New Zealand last Saturday.