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Morgan to captain England in Cook absence

The England Cricket Board has confirmed that Eoin Morgan will captain the team against Sri Lanka in the fourth one day international after Alastair Cook was banned for one game for a slow over rate.

Cook suspended for slow over rate

Cook has been given a one match ban. Credit: PA

England captain Alistair Cook has been suspended for one match after being found guilty of a slow over rate in the recent win over Sri Lanka.

Cook was also fined 20% of his match fee after a similar transgression at Cardiff last summer.

England now head back to Colombo on Thursday just 2-1 down, with four to play in the one-day series.

Before the punishment was handed out, Cook said: "It will be what it will be. We'll plead our case. It is incredibly tough on a big ground, the ball going everywhere in the last few overs - and also how long it takes the batsman to come out.

"I don't know whether that will get me anywhere. We will see."


England face another tough chase in Sri Lanka

Chris Jordan took two wickets for England. Credit: Reuters

Sri Lanka made a healthy total of 242-8 in their 35 overs against England in the third one-day international.

The hosts had Lahiru Thirimanne to thank, after the middle order batsman struck an unbeaten 62.

Few England bowlers came out of the innings with any credit, but Chris Woakes took 3-41 from his seven overs.

England start well after rain delay in Sri Lanka

Heavy downpours in Hambantota caused a long delay. Credit: Reuters

Heavy rain in Sri Lanka delayed the the third one-day international in Hambantota.

The game was reduced to 35 overs per side after more than three hours off the pitch.

Spectators had some fun in the conditions. Credit: Reuters

When play did resume at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium. Hambantota, England looked impressive, having lost the opening two matches of the series.

The home team were reduced to 60-3 after 12.2 overs thanks to the bowling of openers of Steven Finn and Chris Woakes, with the latter taking two wickets.

Steven Finn dismissed Dilshan. Credit: Reuters


Hales replaces Bell for England one-day encounter

England have made a single change to their line-up for the third one-day international of the series in Sri Lanka, replacing Ian Bell with Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales.

Alex Hales is expected to bat at No.3. Credit: PA

Cricket in shock at death of Aussie batsman Phillip Hughes

The death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes after being hit by a cricket ball has stunned the sport and left his friends, family and team-mates devastated.

ITV News Correspondent Tim Ewart reports on the many tributes to the "boy from the outback" and the counselling being offered to Hughes' friend who bowled the fatal delivery.

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