England stars head out on safari in Sri Lanka as they take break ahead of second ODI
- England’s cricketers made the most of a rest day after first ODI was a washout
- Select group went on safari to take a closer look at elephants in a national park
- Eoin Morgan’s side will hope for a better forecast in Dambulla on Saturday
England’s cricketers made the most of a rest day before the second ODI against Sri Lanka by embarking on a safari tour of the countryside.
Liam Dawson, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes were among those taking a closer look at elephants at Kaudulla National Park.
After the opening one-day international was washed out on Wednesday, the England stars were greeted by clear blue skies as they were shown the natural local delights.
England’s cricket stars went on safari on Thursday during their tour of Sri Lanka
Liam Dawson, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes (L-R) smile for a photo
The England players take pictures of the elephants as they enjoy their time off from nets
But the recent downpours hit as one of the cars got stuck in the mud, with helpers having to push them out of trouble and back onto dry land.
Elsewhere Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler took the tourist approach and went for a walk around the 80-metre ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya.
Only 15 overs were possible in Dambulla with England 95 for two and well set with Eoin Morgan and Joe Root at the crease before the heavens opened.
The next ODI takes place in the same stadium but showers are forecast once more as the wet season continues in the subcontinent.
The relaxing afternoon out took a turn for the worse as one of the cars got stuck in marsh land
After it got stuck in the mud a couple of helpers had to push it out and back to dry land
The five-match series gives Eoin Morgan’s side ample opportunity to hone their plans ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
And the captain hinted this week he would not be averse to dropping himself should it arise: ‘It would be a brave call, but we have come a long way with this team and we need to put ourselves in the best position to be contenders.
‘If that means I am not good enough to be in the team as captain or as a player I will be the first one to say it. I’m an honest guy and I’m more than capable of making a tough decision.
‘I’ve dropped myself in the past to create opportunities for guys. When you drop yourself as captain it sets the tone.’
Moeen Ali (left) and Jos Buttler took a stroll around the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya