sport news Liam Dawson eyes England opportunity on spin-friendly wickets as squad warm up ...

Liam Dawson is hoping helpful Sri Lankan pitches will pave the way for England to play three spinners in this month's one-day series.

Dawson has represented his country in all three formats in the last two years but was not required at all during a seam-friendly domestic summer.

A trip to the sub-continent brought him back into the reckoning and on Wednesday the Hampshire bowler joined his team-mates in their first training session of the trip at Colombo's P Sara Stadium.

Liam Dawson hopes he will be given a chance against Sri Lanka in spin-friendly conditions

Liam Dawson hopes he will be given a chance against Sri Lanka in spin-friendly conditions

Dawson will be competing with Moeen Ali (above) and Adil Rashid to lead the spin attack

Dawson will be competing with Moeen Ali (above) and Adil Rashid to lead the spin attack

Coach Trevor Bayliss gets hand-on as he readies his players for their first match on October 10

Coach Trevor Bayliss gets hand-on as he readies his players for their first match on October 10

Conditions proved stiflingly warm for a squad whose county seasons ended in autumnal conditions only days ago, but Dawson welcomes the change of scenery.

He is behind established pair Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid in the pecking order but is holding out hopes of joining them in the five-match series.

'Mo and Rash have done a great job for England over the last couple of years, I'm very realistic about that,' he told Press Association Sport.

'But over here we could come across some slower pitches that spin a lot and three spinners might be an option. Until we get to the first game in Dambulla we won't know.

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