|Feeling the heat|
What are England's chances? England's batting may have recovered a bit from their UAE ordeal - Strauss and Cook were strong in the warm up games, KP was majestic in the one dayers and Trott is still Trott. But Ian Bell remains a big worry and still seemed below par in the warm ups. There is still a doubt about Bopara and the selectors may fancy giving Patel a run. The heat should allow him to shed a few more pounds. There is no worry about the bowling - and with Patel they would go in with a 3 spin option as both Swann and Panesar will play. Monty has grabbed back the top spinner spot and may well be the dominant force in the Sri Lankan conditions.
Sri Lanka continue to rely on senior batsmen and face challenges in replacing Murali and Malinga. Mathews is also now out. They were shaky in England last summer and unconvincing in South Africa recently. But their senior players can make things tough for any opposition. If England can master the turn they have a good chance of winning - something that has eluded them in Sri Lanka since 2000-01.
Outside the cricket the main issue seems to be the heat. It was reported that over 400 bottles of water a day were being consumed by the team during the practice matches.
|Sweltering home and a song in the air...|