Bairstow backs England to adapt

05 October 2018 00:16:58 GMTPlus11

England ODI opening batsman Jonny Bairstow is confident that he and his side can adapt to whatever conditions they are faced with in their upcoming series in Sri Lanka.

The tourists arrive as the number one-ranked side in one-day international cricket and face a Sri Lankan side who have not tastes ODI series success on home soil for three years.

We've experienced these challenges before in India and Bangladesh and come out on top.

Jonny Bairstow

And Bairstow expects he and his colleagues to be prepared for whatever wickets come their way, with a recent series with South Africa having been played in generally batsman-friendly conditions.

He told reporters: "If you look at the pitches for South Africa they looked like good cricket pitches. Whether they change their tactics and produce pitches that are slightly different for us, so be it.

"We've got to prepare like that's the case. Yes, we'd like to play on good pitches and yes we'd like to have high-scoring games, but we're prepared to guts it out and grit it out if needed.

"Both teams have to bat and bowl on them, whether it's batting first or bowling first, under lights or through the day.

"We've experienced these challenges before in India and Bangladesh and come out on top, so we're confident going into the series."

England and Sri Lanka play five one-day internationals, with the series getting under way in Dambulla on Wednesday 10th October.

The Three Lions are 1.40 to make a winning start to the series and are 1.40 to claim a series victory, with England 3.75 to win the series by a 4-1 scoreline.

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