‘Abandonment of 1st ODI is frustrating’

October 11, 2018

England captain Eoin Morgan described the abandonment of the first one-day international against Sri Lanka as “frustrating” after rain again interrupted tour plans.

The tourists already lost one of their two warm-up matches to rain in Colombo last week – the other finishing early due to bad light – and the elements had the final say in Dambulla, halting proceedings with England 92-2 off 15 overs.

Despite the best efforts of the ground staff to cover the ground before rain arrived, areas of the outfield were deemed unplayable after a delay of just under five hours.

Morgan told Sky Sports “Conditions aren’t great. In that situation as much as we do want to play and as much as the umpires do, player safety is paramount and they made the right decision.”

The sides will contest the second game of the five-match series in Dambulla on Saturday and Morgan downplayed the chances of getting a result in Sri Lanka’s monsoon season.