LIAM Dawson is determined to take any opportunity that comes his way during England’s one-day series against Sri Lanka.

England, number one in the ODI rankings, begin the five-match series in Dambulla tomorrow.

Dawson has played for England in all three formats but it is more than two years since his solitary ODI cap, against Pakistan in Cardiff in September 2016.

He was recalled for the tour of the spin-friendly sub-continent after impressing for the England Lions in their tri series against West Indies A and India A in June.

Dawson was the Lions top wicket-taker (14 wickets at just 11.42 apiece) as well as scoring some useful runs when called upon, but is behind established spin twins Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid in England’s 50-over side

“I had a good series with the Lions in the tri-series and am very happy to be selected but I’ve got to be realistic,” he said.

“Mo and Rash have done an exceptional job as a partnership in one-day cricket so it’s going to be difficult to get in the team.

“But all you can do is train hard and, if I do get an opportunity I’ll have to try and do what I do for Hampshire and take it.

“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.

“It will be interesting to see what they produce. They might go with their strengths and produce slower wickets, but the lads have played in all conditions.”