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- Silly Point
They have had good practice at winning convincingly and losing heavily in these warm up games. The 5 match series is level at 2 wins each, but there has yet to be a close nail-biting finish. How can this be? There is only one explanation - weather. In the sun at Leeds and Lords, Sri Lankan batting dominated and England wilted. In the murk at the Oval and Trent Bridge, English bowling carried the day and Sri Lanka dissolved.
But Manchester tomorrow looks to be sunny after heavy overnight rain - this is evenly balanced weather and the advantage may depend on how much moisture remains in the atmosphere to assist England's seam attack. It definitely looks like a bowl first day.
The weather forecast is unsettled for Edinburgh next week. This itself is an improvement on recent years for it is usually torrential to welcome Scotland's big name opponents for the season. Perhaps this is why touring teams are so keen to come to bonnie Scotland - they know they'll get a rest from all that cricket stuff. But there was flash flooding in Edinburgh today so they may get their way.
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Even so, FB is now inclined to go with England. Sri Lanka will after all be resting themselves for the big game against Scotland.