The third One Day International game between England and Sri Lanka will be played in Hambantota on Wednesday. It is expected to rain a little bit, but, the good thing is that there is a reserve day allocated to each game of the series.
Hambantota is a beautiful place and England would hope that it brings some change in luck for them because they appear to be sinking quite fast.
When the morale of a team is down especially on overseas tours, it all comes down to the leader, how well the leader motivates the team.
But, presently, the leader is the biggest worry for England. Alastair Cook’s lack of runs has frustrated everyone and even he himself would have started to get slightly embarrassed now.
He is a mighty, fine cricketer, Cook, but, he has an old fashioned playing style and he looks awkward in limited-over cricket.
Yes, he is a stubborn character, he likes proving people wrong, he has done that in test cricket in the past, but, it’s a different form of the game which he is not suited to and his stubbornness is doing nothing, but, harming England Cricket.
Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen, two of the top limited-over batsmen that England has produced ever, think that if Cook drops himself and Alex Hales opens with Moeen Ali, it would do so much good to the Three Lions in terms of batting.
The English selectors, for some reason, are a bit reluctant to ask Cook to make way for somebody else, maybe because Eoin Morgan, who has been tipped to be Cook’s successor, is also struggling with form. He has his own batting problems. But, he is a typical One Day Cricketer and the responsibility of captaincy might actually help him to sort his problems out.