England vs Sri Lanka: Jason Roy expected to return for second ODI on home ground

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Jason Roy is ready to return to action for England against Sri Lanka on familiar territory (Getty Images)
Jason Roy is ready to return to action for England against Sri Lanka on familiar territory (Getty Images)

England expect Jason Roy to return from injury in their latest meeting with beleaguered Sri Lanka on his home ground the Kia Oval on Thursday.

After a 3-0 T20 whitewash, Chris Woakes and Joe Root helped England to a comfortable five-wicket win in the opening ODI on Tuesday.

Roy missed the final T20 and first ODI with a hamstring injury but is likely to return to resume his prolific partnership with Jonny Bairstow on Thursday.

Roy would likely come in for Moeen Ali or a seamer, with Liam Livingstone dropping down the order.

Dawid Malan left the camp on Monday for personal reasons, with a replacement expected to be called up.

England will be eying another 3-0 sweep over Sri Lanka, with the series concluding in Bristol on Sunday.

Tuesday’s five-wicket win was set up by Woakes’ extraordinary figures of 10-5-18-4, and completed by Root’s unbeaten 79.

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