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England v Sri Lanka 1st Test betting tips – back 7/2 Bell to top score

"Now we've got to do a bit of reacting ourselves, and striving forward to get better”.

A new-look England team should be swerved at even money although Ian Bell should score plenty of runs against the Sri Lankans

A new dawn for English cricket begins on Thursday when they take on a Sri Lanka side for the first of two Tests at Lord’s before heading to Headingley next week as part of a warm-up for the five Tests against India later this summer.

There is no Kevin Pietersen and Andy Flower to form part of the set-up, with Peter Moores returning as coach and this will be a new-look team considering that the squad includes three players who don’t have a cap between them.

Chris Jordan, Sam Robson and Moeen Ali have all been selected, with Sussex fast bowler Jordan taking 12 wickets in the one-day series against Sri Lanka, while Moeen has featured in the One-Day side on a regular basis.

It’s going to be an interesting spectacle against Sri Lanka and probably not worth risking any of your hard-earned on an England victory. Betfair sportsbook offer 23/20 about a home win and it might be a case of waiting to see how this new-look team bed down.

A few years ago, Ian Bell was like a rabbit in the headlights for England although he has become the most talented batsman of the lot and he looks a decent shout at odds of 7/2 to score the most runs for his country.

Bell is very keen to look towards the future after that whitewash Down Under last winter which saw England soundly outplayed despite going into the tournament as favourites.

“I don’t think we reacted well to the problems we had, and there has been plenty of fall-out since,” he said.

“When you step back from it all and have a look, I think we got ‘blindsided’ by Australia. I think we got hit unaware of where they were as a team.

“You can’t turn up in Australia expecting to win just because you won the last three on the bounce,” added Bell.

“After Australia left our shores, they were already on the way up, and we were staying exactly where we were – which was dangerous. That is the reality.

“Now we’ve got to do a bit of reacting ourselves, and striving forward to get better”.

Sri Lanka are not a poor side and odds of 7/2 are available about a win for the tourists, with the Kumar Sangakkara the elder statesman of that particular group and he’s a 3/1 chance to score the most Sri Lankan runs.

Bowler-wise, England are over-reliant on James Anderson and Stuart Broad, so it’s no surprise to see both men topping the list, with debutant Jordan a 7/2 chance to take the most wickets.

Ian Bell to be top England batsman @ 7/2 with Winner

All odds were correct at time of posting.