National selector Geoff Miller says Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales was considered for an England call-up.
The 22-year-old has been in good form and was tipped to join team-mates Samit Patel, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad in the one-day and T20 squad.
Hales averages almost 30 in domestic T20 this year, with two half-centuries.
Miller told BBC Radio Nottingham: "We have talked about Alex. The selectors are watching all kinds of cricket and Alex has raised a few eyebrows."
England begin the limited-overs series on Saturday with a T20 match against Sri Lanka at Bristol, and follow it with five one-day internationals.
Miller has also hinted that Hales could have an international future but starting with the England Lions side.
"There may be opportunities through the Lions to see what his credentials are," Miller added.
"What we don't want is to be gambling with someone being a county cricketer (and then moving) up to international level.
"The Lions gives us an opportunity to find out a little bit more about them."