England v Sri Lanka, only Twenty20, Bristol - Cricket Tv
Saturday, June 25, Bristol
Start time 1430 (1330 GMT)
With 15 months to go until Sri Lanka host the next World Twenty20 in September 2012, England's preparations for the defence of their title get underway this weekend. Their victorious captain, Paul Collingwood, has been put out to pasture; their point-of-difference seamer, Ryan Sidebottom, has retired to see out his days with Yorkshire. Instead, it's over to the untested leadership of Stuart Broad, whose first match in charge promises to be a stiff challenge against a hard-hitting Sri Lankan line-up with plenty to prove after an uninspiring performance in the Test series.
Broad was not at his best in the Tests either, and despite a brighter finish to the series at the Rose Bowl, his effectiveness was limited in the latter stages by a bruised heel. However, it has been confirmed that he will play, albeit with heavy strapping, and will need to rediscover his A game as he takes charge of a seam attack with limited experience at this level. Chris Woakes impressed with his big-game mentality in Australia, while Jade Dernbach has been there or thereabouts since his shock call-up to the World Cup squad. But neither man has yet featured in a home international.
For both sides, there are more questions coming up than can reasonably expect to be answered in a one-off contest. If Broad thinks he's got it tough, then pity Thilina Kandamby, who will also be making his international captaincy bow in a batting line-up featuring three former skippers in Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya - the latter, of course, a highly contentious selection.
Sri Lanka's bowling will have some bite compared to their toothless showing in the Tests, thanks to Lasith Malinga's return to the fray. England, meanwhile, suffered a scare in training when their new captain tripped over a medicine ball, of all things. He's got a bruise to his dignity to go with the one on his heel. But he's fine.
England (probable) 1 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 2 Michael Lumb, 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Luke Wright, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad (capt), 10 Chris Woakes, 11 Jade Dernbach.
Still no Tillakaratne Dilshan for Sri Lanka. His squashed thumb, courtesy Chris Tremlett, is taking a long time to heal. Mahela Jayawardene moves up to the top of the order, from where he hopes to kickstart a tour in which he's been troublingly short of runs. Angelo Mathews, another talent who was sorely missed in the Test series, will slot into the middle order if he comes through a fitness test tomorrow morning.
Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Sanath Jayasuriya, 2 Mahela Jayawardene, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Thilina Kandamby (capt), 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Nuwan Kulasekera, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Suraj Randiv, 11 Lasith Malinga,