England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler expressed happiness over being regarded as the ‘claim of victory’ in the series of five one-dayers against Sri Lanka, saying he knows that the tour of this country will be challenged.
Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal, however, warned the England that the conditions here would be “totally different” for him and there are some “abusive spinners” in the team who would put the Eoin Morgan batsmen in trouble.
Happy as a claimant – Jos Buttler
Butler said, “I am happy to be the claimant of victory. It shows that we are doing well and I like to be a contender of victory.”
He said “though the conditions in Sri Lanka would be difficult and there would be pressure to prove himself by being in first place in the ODI rankings. Butler said, “We know about Sri Lanka’s challenge in these circumstances.
His team has some experienced players. Earlier Sri Lanka’s tour to England was a very challenging one.
“When you are a top ranking team then there is always pressure. I think we need to work harder here. ”
Sri Lanka to end their long strike of poor performances
In the last 40 one-dayers, the Sri Lankan team, have lost in 30 ODIs, would like to leave behind the bitter memories of the Asia Cup from the series against England, where the team lost to Bangladesh and Afghanistan also.
The team will also not get the services of Angelo Mathews, who has been dropped after the disappointing performance in the Asia Cup.
Chandimal, who has been out of Asia Cup due to injuries and suspension, said, “It will not be easy for England’s batsmen to play here. There is some abusive spinner in our team. In the past few days, we have worked hard. “