Sport News

Supplied by

Olly Stone earns first England call-up for Sri Lanka ODI series

3:39 pm, 19th September 2018

The 24-year-old replaces Liam Plunkett, who will miss the first three ODIs for his wedding before returning for games four and five.

Capable of bowling upwards of 90mph, Stone is one of the quickest bowlers on the county circuit and has taken 34 wickets at just 11.61 in the County Championship this season and showed his white-ball credentials with 12 wickets at 28.16 in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

England have also recalled Sam Curran after the all-rounder’s impressive form in the Test series victory over India.

Curran was named England’s Player of the Series after averaging 38.85 with the bat and taking 11 wickets in four Tests, playing a dynamic part in the 4-1 series success.

The 20-year-old was overlooked for the preceding ODI series against India having made his debut in the fifth and final match of England’s 5-0 whitewash of Australia, in June.

Left-armer Curran slots into the squad in place of David Willey, whose domestic campaign with Yorkshire came to an early end due to a back injury.

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales are both included in the squad despite having been charged with bringing the game into disrepute.

The pair will attend a Cricket Disciplinary Commission hearing scheduled for December 5-7, falling in between the Sri Lanka and West Indies tours.

England, ranked top of the ICC Team Rankings after this summer’s series wins over Australia and India, will play five ODIs against eighth-ranked Sri Lanka as well as one T20.

The teams will then contest three Tests in November, with England due to announce their squad for that part of the tour early next week.

England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

England in Sri Lanka 2018 Schedule

1st ODI (D/N) – Dambulla: Wednesday, October 10, 9.30am Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event
2nd ODI – Dambulla: Saturday, October 13, 5am, Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event
3rd ODI (D/N) – Kandy: Wednesday, October, 17 9.30am, Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event
4th ODI – Kandy: Saturday, October 20 5am, Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event
5th ODI (D/N) – Colombo: Tuesday, October 23, 9.30am, Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event

Only T20 – Colombo: Saturday, October 27 2pm, Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event

1st Test – Galle: Tuesday, November 6 to Saturday, November 10, 4am, Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event
2nd Test – Kandy: Wednesday, November 14 to Sunday, November 18, 4am, Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event
3rd Test – Colombo: Friday, November 23 to Tuesday, November 27, 4am, Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event

Comment below to get involved in the debate, but please adhere to our House Rules. If you wish to report any comment, simply click on the down arrow next to the offending comment and click ‘Report’.