T20 Match Preview.
The first international game of the English summer will see the World Twenty20 Champions Sri Lanka take on England in a one–off T20 at the Oval.
There is a threat of rain playing spoilsport, but should if play takes place it could be an exciting contest between two sides trying to smooth their way past transition periods.
England have dropped the likes of Michael Lumb and Jade Dernbach after the failure to win the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year, and they are now looking to blood in more and more new faces into the team with an eye towards the future.
Test opener Michael Carberry is in line for a T20 debut, whilst left-arm seamer Harry Gurney is also expected to make his T20 debut after having recently made his ODI debut against Scotland earlier this month.
Sri Lanka are set to go in full strength into this contest, and after having gotten off to a great start on the tour in the warm-up matches, they look set to give the English a good run for their money on what is going to be a full tour spanning over 40 days.
Young left-handed dasher Kithruwan Vithanage could be one to watch out for as he stakes a strong claim to be in the playing XI after having scored 52 off just 24 balls against Sussex in the recent warm-up game at Hove.