Senanayake planning for a revival

Banbury Cake: Sachithra Senanayake (centre) is confident of better to come from Sri Lanka Sachithra Senanayake (centre) is confident of better to come from Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka ran into an emerging England team at the top of their game at The Oval, but will be wary of another ambush in the north as the Royal London One-Day International series moves on to Durham.

Sachithra Senanayake was the tourists' most successful bowler in their 81-run defeat in London two days ago, and reports they will be back with new plans to try to level the five-match series on Sunday.

Chris Jordan turned the match last time, with bat and then ball, and Senanayake admits the all-rounder was especially impressive.

Even so, after beginning their campaign here with Tuesday's Twenty20 victory also at The Oval, Sri Lanka believe they can battle back.

"We have some plans, and hope we can give them a big fight," said Senanayake.

"Jordan bowled really well on that skiddy pitch, and did well with his batting in those late overs.

"They have a good side, especially with their strong batting line-up, so we bowlers will need to work hard against them."

The 300-mile trip north is unlikely to make Sri Lanka feel any more at home - a point acknowledged by Senanayake.

He remains optimistic nonetheless that Angelo Mathews' team can push England much harder at the second attempt.

"It's difficult conditions for us, because it's so cold," he said.

"We can't control those things.

"But we are confident of coming back in the games to come."

Senanayake is likely to keep his place in a line-up which may show a change or two, however, after Sri Lanka's initial defeat.

Vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne was undone without score at the top of the order by James Anderson's swing at The Oval, and the combative Kusal Perera is another option.

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