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Category: England v Sri Lanka 2016

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David Willey and Joe Root inspire England to 3-0 series win over Sri Lanka

• England 324-7; Sri Lanka 202 all out. England win by 122 runs
• Willey takes four for 34 after Root hits 93 in Cardiff

It was a good day to get over a hangover: a brisk breeze, some short, sharp showers that might have been invigorating, and some sunshine. And some cheerful, diverting cricket in front of a near-capacity crowd, though there were rather more latecomers than usual.

There was not too much excitement because England won at a canter, but that may have been just as well for those with throbbing heads. Sri Lanka were defeated by 122 runs and head off to Southampton for their last match (a T20 international on Tuesday) still seeking their first win over England this summer. It has been a long, damp and depressing haul for Angelo Mathews’ side.

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England face Sri Lanka in Cardiff with a spring in their step

Eoin Morgan may be struggling with his own form but he takes England into the fifth one-day international having instigated a new freedom in the team

In peculiar times, it is mildly reassuring to escape the abnormality for a while and take refuge in a one-day international series, which will culminate in Cardiff on Saturday.

We are at last witnessing something familiar in an English summer as England and Sri Lanka prepare to contest yet another one-day match: there has been quite a lot of rain to disrupt proceedings. Against Asian opponents in damp, cold conditions England have prevailed, though this time they have not only won the series but also the Super Series. And there is the usual glum realisation that within a month most of us will be hard-pressed to remember the outcome of this clash (although the ICC, meeting in Edinburgh, is currently seeking greater “context’ for our international cricket).

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Jason Roy’s knock of 162 seals ODI series win for England against Sri Lanka

• England 309-4 (40.1 overs); Sri Lanka 305-5
• England win by six wickets (D/L)

A snake of spectators made their way down the Harleyford Road with resignation in the air. Do not fret. Neither Eoin Morgan nor Trevor Bayliss have given notice to quit, as far as we know, and why should they after another smooth run chase, orchestrated by the irrepressible Jason Roy, which gave England victory by six wickets with 11 balls to spare? We confidently predict that both Morgan and Bayliss will be in situ in Cardiff on Saturday when the final one-day international with Sri Lanka takes place.

Related: England v Sri Lanka: fourth one-day international – live!

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England v Sri Lanka: fourth one-day international – live!

10.15am BST

Afternoon, folks. This has been a frustrating old series for England. Sri Lanka have been poor and have got worse as it has gone on yet Eoin Morgan’s team, for whatever reasons, only hold the slenderest of leads. At Trent Bridge a top order collapse meant England could barely scrape a tie with six off the last ball. At Bristol the rain ruined their chances after Sri Lanka hit just three sixes and 15 fours (shared between four players) in a frankly woeful batting performance on one of the country’s smallest international grounds.

The good news for England, then, is that a win at the Oval today will wrap up this ODI series with a game to spare. Sri Lanka are overly reliant on Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews to score runs, and even then they seem to always end up consolidating after early collapses then getting out shortly after reaching 50. On top of that, they bizarrely insist on hiding their best batsman down at No7 in the order. They may have taken Alex Hales out for a duck on Sunday, but their bowling isn’t particularly penetrative either. Put another way, England should win this and win it well.

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Liam Plunkett gets 50th ODI wicket in England washout with Sri Lanka

• Sri Lanka 248-9, England 16-1 (4.0 overs): no result
• Plunkett reaches landmark 11 years after his debut

Fifty-four overs and no result was the gloomy outcome of another Bristol one‑day international. In 2014 against India not a ball was bowled when the circus arrived here. on Sunday England had restricted Sri Lanka to 248 for nine and they fancied knocking off those runs despite the first-ball dismissal of Alex Hales. After four overs England’s reply was halted by dismal drizzle. All the cheerful, hard graft of Will Brown, Gloucestershire’s young chief executive, and his staff deserves more.

England impressed in the field again and as a result the Sri Lankan innings spluttered along on an old-fashioned Bristol surface where the ball seemed to stick for a millisecond after bouncing. There was not much carefree, effortless strokeplay once Eoin Morgan had opted to bowl first.

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England v Sri Lanka: third one-day international – live!

10.16am BST

Another emailer! Tom van der Gucht has been around on the OBO long enough to know better than to actually talk about cricket – novice mistake, Tom – but let’s indulge him.

“With Anderson possibly injured; Woakes on the rise; Ali dropped from the ODI team today; Stokes maybe returning from injury; Rashid’s stock going up; and Finn’s going down – who will line up for the first test against Pakistan?”

10.12am BST

JJ Roy, AD Hales, JE Root, EJG Morgan*, JM Bairstow, JC Buttler†, CR Woakes, CJ Jordan, DJ Willey, LE Plunkett,AU Rashid

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Adil Rashid ignores the armchair ‘experts’ to give England confidence | Vic Marks

With a little help from Shane Warne, the England leg-spinner has developed into England’s most reliable bowler in the series against Sri Lanka

Bleary-eyed, the circus heads to Bristol, scarcely believing what has just happened. The old certainties have been uprooted. As we sleepwalk over the Clifton Suspension Bridge, always a dangerous journey, we have to pinch ourselves. Is this a dream or a nightmare? No, it is true: England did manage to defeat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets at Edgbaston with a record opening partnership in a victory triggered by some superb bowling by an English-born leg-spinner. And the Super Series has been secured. Hang out the bunting.

But there is a problem. The series now lacks context with the Super Series decided. This concerns the administrators and exercises the minds of broadcasters and correspondents, who want to stress how important Sunday’s ODI remains. In fact for the dogged old punters, who actually sit in the stands, this will not matter so much. They want a bit of sunshine (not guaranteed unfortunately) and an entertaining day out at the cricket.

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Jos Buttler’s solution for England’s top order ODI failings: be more aggressive

• ‘We want to put teams under pressure and there’s no reason to change’
• England return to scene of their ODI renaissance on Friday

Edgbaston, as the scene of their apparent epiphany in the 50-over format 12 months ago, holds happy memories for England’s current generation, with Eoin Morgan’s side, for the first time in their history, topping 400 runs against New Zealand to set the ball rolling on a more enlightened era of cricket with the white ball.

Jos Buttler, the wicketkeeper-batsman who scored an electrifying 66-ball century in that game, believes their return for Friday’s second one-day international with Sri Lanka means the team now have to cope with raised expectations and, as a result, need to maintain a desire to keep attacking as a batting unit.

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Chris Woakes: ‘I think Ben Stokes and I can both play in England team’

• Woakes was man of match in opening, tied ODI against Sri Lanka
• Stokes could return from knee surgery in time for first Pakistan Test

Chris Woakes, man of the match in the turbulent, tense and ultimately tied first one-day international against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, says he now feels established as an England cricketer and can see no reason why he and Ben Stokes cannot thrive in the same team when the all-rounder, whose knee injury presented him with his chance this summer, returns.

Eoin Morgan, England’s one-day captain, called the absence of Stokes for the five-match series a condundrum before the Trent Bridge opener and while his options were noticeably limited in the first innings by having only five bowlers, a stand of 138 between Woakes and Jos Buttler turned a crisis, sitting 82 for six, into an eventual near-miss that demonstrated the value of batting deep.

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England’s Liam Plunkett hits last ball for six to tie against Sri Lanka

• Sri Lanka 286-8; England 286-9
• Match tied
Full scoreboard from Trent Bridge

Eoin Morgan had told England to reconnect with their best of their one-day performances over past 12 months and despite a top order implosion from the bad old days, they delivered on the order with a thrilling tie in their series opener with Sri Lanka. Chasing 287 under lights, on the ground where they memorably cruised to a target of 350 against New Zealand a year ago, Morgan’s batsmen had crumbled to 82 for six by the end of the 18th over, leaving Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes with a mountain to climb.

The pair delivered in style, with their stand of 138 in 24.3 overs taking the game deeper than anyone expected, with Buttler’s 93 from 99 balls only eclipsed by an unbeaten 95 from Woakes, who recovered from the loss of his partner to a stunning catch in the deep by Dasun Shanaka in the 43rd over and took the game into the last over.

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Sport picture of the day: David Willey jumps for joy

England’s David Willey celebrates taking the wicket of Kusal Perera of Sri Lanka, caught by Jason Roy in the first ODI at Trent Bridge

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England v Sri Lanka: first one day international – live!

12.31pm BST

Afternoon, folks. There is one question on every England fan’s lips today: can they seal the win that would give them an unassailable 12-2 lead in the super series?

No wait, the super series is a stupid idea.

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11.51am BST

Vish will be here shortly. In the meantime, it’s been a difficult couple of weeks for Shaminda Eranga, who has been taken to hospital with a heart complaint and suspended for suspect bowling action.

Related: Sri Lanka’s hospitalised Shaminda Eranga suspended over bowling action

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Jonny Bairstow set to return as England face selection dilemma against Sri Lanka

• England left with conundrum in absence of injured all-rounder Ben Stokes
• ‘Ben leaves a huge hole and having him is a luxury,’ says captain Eoin Morgan

Bucking a trend set by his Test equivalent, Alastair Cook, this summer, England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan opted against naming his side 24 hours before today’s first one-day international with Sri Lanka, with a genuine selection dilemma his reason for dodging the question, as opposed to deliberate obfuscation.

Morgan’s white-ball cricketers have made significant strides over the past 12 months, emerging from the wreckage of the 2015 World Cup to play a forwarding-thinking style of play that has beaten New Zealand and Pakistan, run Australia and South Africa close in 3-2 defeats – as if to remind us that their transformation remains complete – and reached the final of the World Twenty20 in India.

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England should play associate members more often, says Eoin Morgan

• ODI captain all for growing the game by providing more exposure
• Morgan does not see need for 13-team one-day league, however

Eoin Morgan, England’s limited overs captain, is lukewarm on the idea of one-day internationals becoming part of an overall league system but says he would welcome the prospect of spreading the game globally by increasing the number of fixtures against associate nations.

The International Cricket Council meets for its annual conference in Edinburgh next week with a proposal for creating a 13-team one-day competition, one that would increase the relevance of bilateral fixtures from 2019 onwards, on the list of topics to be discussed.

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Eoin Morgan leads his band of England specialists against Sri Lanka

Captain should be fresh once more with the tourists likely to provide a sterner test with the white ball than in the Test series

England’s forgotten man returns to the fore next week. Just as the arrival of swallows promise that summer is on its way, so the appearance of Eoin Morgan at some sponsors’ do – just about the only way an audience can be granted with an England cricketer nowadays – heralds the advent of the one-day internationals.

On Tuesday, at Trent Bridge, England play the first of five ODIs against Sri Lanka after which there will be a solitary Twenty20 match at Southampton on 5 July. Morgan, after leading England to the verge of an ICC Trophy in the World T20 in India, is back among us. And he should be relatively fresh.

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Stuart Broad’s England ODI absence is based on merit, says Trevor Bayliss

• Broad again overlooked for limited overs internationals against Sri Lanka
• ‘The bowlers who have been selected deserve their opportunity’, says Bayliss

Stuart Broad has been told that his latest omission from England’s one-day squad is based solely on merit and now finds himself struggling to force a way back into the side before next year’s Champions Trophy.

Broad, who sought clarification on his limited overs career from the head coach, Trevor Bayliss, during the recent Lord’s Test, has been used as a Test specialist since the end of the 2015 World Cup, bar two one-day internationals in South Africa over the winter when injuries to Steven Finn and Liam Plunkett saw him asked to remain on tour.

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Five talking points from Lord’s: England win Sri Lanka Test series | Vic Marks

Sri Lanka improved with each Test in tricky conditions, there was progress with England’s openers but the middle order and wicketkeeping dilemmas remain

Sri Lanka are not in freefall. From a low base they improved with every Test in alien conditions. They fought hard at Lord’s with the series already lost. A pragmatic pace attack led by Nuwan Pradeep kept plugging away. Young batsmen learnt rapidly; Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis and the not so young Dimuth Karunaratne (28) were still relishing the challenge of facing Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad. Meanwhile the veteran Rangana Herath was mildly inspirational – at least to the legions of middle-aged cricketers out there. Their defeat does not suggest terminal decline but a lull while they try to rebuild after the retirements of their recent great players.

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Tymal Mills and Dawid Malan named in England T20 squad to face Sri Lanka

• Hampshire’s Liam Dawson the third uncapped player in squad
• Joe Root and Alex Hales rested for one-off T20; Jonny Bairstow in both squads

England have named the uncapped Tymal Mills, Dawid Malan and Liam Dawson in a 13-man squad for their upcoming Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka.

Sussex paceman Mills, 23, has been on England’s radar for some time but a back condition has restricted him to T20 cricket for the past year, while Middlesex batsman Malan has impressed for England Lions. Hampshire’s left-arm spinning all-rounder Dawson, who was in the World T20 squad in March, will provide a versatile option.

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England v Sri Lanka: third Test, day five – live!

10.52am BST

Not to be outdone by Gary Naylor, Rob Wilson has a point to make. “Dear Tim, I do love the last day of a Lord’s Test match. No matter how sunny, glamorous or nailbiting, there’s always a faint tang of melancholy and a consciousness of the absurd brevity of life. It is, in fact, exactly the same as a champagne hangover.” I’ll have to take your word for that, Rob. But spot on about the melancholy.

10.47am BST

Naylor has a point there. Reverse concessions: charge the pensioners more! This could catch on. The age group most likely to go the theatre is the 65-to-74-year-olds: shouldn’t they be subsidising the millennials, rather than the other way round? And Test crowds these days are not unlike theatre audiences, albeit with more alcohol and superhero costumes.

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Alex Hales stuck in nervous 90s as wait for England Test century goes on

Alex Hales was out for 94 and could scarcely conceal his disappointment but a look in the history books will be some consolationAlex Hales had his fair share of luck when compiling his highest Test score of 94. Even so he was pretty grumpy as he left t…