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Trevor Bayliss praises ‘exemplary’ Ben Stokes before discipline hearing

• All-rounder ‘has learned his lesson’, says England coach • Stokes to face Cricket Discipline CommissionThere are not so many clouds on the horizon now for England but they will be grateful for no complications on 10 December. That is the day when the…

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England close in on series whitewash after late wickets against Sri Lanka

• Buttler and Stokes steady England innings after early wickets• England 336 & 230, Sri Lanka 240 & 53-4In their sights is England’s first overseas whitewash in a three match series since their tour to New Zealand in 1962-3. On another eventful…

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Stuart Broad and Jonny Bairstow back for England with Caribbean looming

With the series against Sri Lanka won, Broad returns for the third Test in place of Jimmy Anderson, while Bairstow will become England’s fifth No 3 in the past five matchesThe B team are back. Jonny Bairstow and Stuart Broad are in the XI for the final…

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England rest Jimmy Anderson for final Sri Lanka Test with Broad to come in

• Fast bowler has taken one wicket in the series• Jonny Bairstow could replace injured Sam CurranEngland have shuffled their pack for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka that begins in Colombo on Friday. With the series decided they have chosen …

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Jonny Bairstow bides time and works hard as he looks to beat England drop

The wicketkeeper-batsman is responding in the right way after Ben Foakes was preferred to him for the second Sri Lanka TestEnglish cricketers do not get dropped as often as they used to be. For example Alastair Cook, Marcus Trescothick and Kevin Pieter…

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Joe Root ‘will get better and better’ as England captain, says Trevor Bayliss

• Test squad starting to match level of one-day side, says coach• Australian stands by decision to leave role in September 2019Watch Trevor Bayliss amble over for a chat and it is practically impossible to tell whether his England side have just won or…

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England left with decisions to make after final warm-up match in Sri Lanka

• Keaton Jennings makes 43 in bid to retain Test place• Joe Denly and Ollie Pope both out for second-ball ducksAnd so to Galle with the England team divided into three parts. There is a small group with practically no chance of playing in the first Tes…

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Leach completes Sri Lanka homework and looks forward to practical exam | Vic Marks

Somerset slow left-armer has studied Herath on YouTube and is keen to get started and play only his second Test for EnglandTo his dismay, Jack Leach found himself doing more talking than bowling on a wet day in Colombo. Mysteriously he was denied the o…

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Jos Buttler ‘feared the worst’ after Sri Lankan fielder hit on head by ball

• Pathum Nissanka hospitalised after being hit on helmet by ball• Sri Lanka Board XI 392-9 dec: England 365-7. Match drawnThese contests – to use a euphemism for the cricket on show at the Nondescripts ground – are always messy, disjointed affairs and …

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England bowlers toil as Sri Lanka Board XI make most of flat pitch

• Sri Lanka Board XI 392-9• Joe Root utilises eight bowlers and three wicketkeepersAll was serenity in this leafy part of Colombo. A few miles away huge crowds gathered around government buildings near to England’s hotel to protest against the removal …

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England’s trickiest Test dilemma: to stick or twist with Stuart Broad

Joe Root keeps England’s options open as they gear up for the opening Test against Sri Lanka with seamer’s place one of several difficult decisions aheadIf there is no cricket scheduled in Colombo the sun shines obediently. England were able to set to …

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England’s Alastair Cook to have ‘no complaints’ if stripped of captaincy

• Cook expected to be named captain for World Cup
• Sri Lanka tour finishes with 5-2 ODI loss
Dilshan leads England’s final ODI humiliation

The only relief for England was that they could now fly home. They cannot be beaten again by Sri Lanka in a few days’ time since the series is finally over. England lost it 5-2, after another emphatic defeat by 87 runs in Colombo. It was a very glum party that headed for the airport.

Now the focus shifts to the selectors’ meeting on Friday before the announcement of the World Cup squad on Saturday.

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Paul Downton: Alastair Cook is having a terrible time but is a natural leader

• ‘No one is more frustrated than England captain but team is behind him’
• Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene ready for home farewell in ODI
• Peter Moores says Cook’s position as captain to be reviewed

It was Paul Downton’s turn to offer an endorsement of Alastair Cook on the eve of the seventh and final one-day international in Sri Lanka. He also explained the thought processes of those in charge when reappointing the 29-year-old as their ODI captain in September.

“Of course, he’s having a terrible time at the moment and no one is more frustrated than him,” said Downton, the managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board, before confirming that he would be very surprised if Cook were not appointed captain of the World Cup squad this weekend. The selectors meet on Friday before an announcement is made on Saturday.

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England look on in awe in six-wicket ODI defeat against Sri Lanka

• Tourists fined for slow over rate again
• England 265; Sri Lanka 267-4
• Sri Lanka win by 6 wickets (SL lead 7 match series 3-1)
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Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali offer Alastair Cook’s England World Cup weapons

Cook has been confirmed as captain for the tournament but the key now is how to keep his young dynamos fresh and firing
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England face more tricky decisions for fourth ODI against Sri Lanka

In the enforced absence of Alastair Cook the major issues are what to do with James Taylor and Ben Stokes
• Joe Root and Jos Buttler see England home
• Alastair Cook banned for slow over-rate
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Alastair Cook’s absence gives England further chance to experiment

Peter Moores has confirmed that Cook’s absence will not extend beyond Sunday but it should give Moeen Ali and Alex Hales the chance to show what they can do together
• Jos Buttler and Joe Root power past Sri Lanka
• Alastair Cook banned from Sunday’s fourth ODI

Usually a certain melancholy descends upon the camp when news that the captain has been banned filters through. But that was not the case as England’s players skipped on to their coach for the five-hour journey back to Colombo.

The reason for their perkiness was not that they were indifferent to their captain’s plight or indeed delighted by his imminent absence. No, it was just that the England players and management were so relieved to have recorded their first ODI victory on the tour; hence the spring in their step.

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Ravi Bopara backs England captain Alastair Cook after Sri Lanka loss

• Essex batsman insists Alastair Cook ‘is in a good place’
• Ravi Bopara says being dropped has helped him improve
• Ian Botham leads calls for captain to quit

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Phillip Hughes death will not affect batting approach, says Alastair Cook

• England preparing to face Sri Lanka in ODI on Saturday
• ‘We should carry on playing and show our respects,’ says Cook
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England camp devastated by tragic death of Phil Hughes

• Saturday’s second ODI set to go ahead as planned
Hughes dies two days after being hit by ball during match
Australia captain Clarke leads emotional tributes to Hughes
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