Dernbach starts as Jayasuriya finishes
Tillakaratne Dilshan, the man responsible for dumping England out of the World Cup three months ago, returns to Sri Lanka’s side after fracturing a thumb in the Lord’s Test. He replaces Thisara Perera from the XI who played in the Twenty20 at Bristol. And his first act was to win the toss and put England into bat.
For England, seamer Jade Dernbach makes his one-day international debut on his home ground while Sanath Jayasuriya embarks on his 445th and final ODI.
Dernbach’s name got the biggest pre-match cheer, which wasn’t saying much as TV/radio’s Mark Chapman tried to whip the still-arriving crowd into something beyond polite indifference.
Alastair Cook captains England’s one-day side for the fourth time but the first time on home soil and the first time as the appointed full-time captain. All eyes will be on him today when we got under way half an hour after the scheduled start time of 1pm because of rain.
John Stern is a former editor of The Cricketer
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