Cricket

England field in 3rd ODI

2014-05-28 15:36
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Alastair Cook (AFP)

Manchester - England captain Alastair Cook has won the toss and elected to field against Sri Lanka in the day/night third one-day international at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Cook, fit following a groin injury, returned to open the innings after missing his side's humiliating collapse to 99 all out, their sixth lowest ODI score, during the 157-run defeat at Chester-le-Street on Sunday where Sri Lanka levelled the five-match series at 1-1.

The Essex left-hander replaced Michael Carberry in the only change to the England team.

Meanwhile Sri Lanka opted to play two specialist spinners, bringing in left-armer Rangana Herath for seamer Dhammika Prasad.

Rain had delayed the scheduled 2:00pm local time (1300start by 20 minutes and, with conditions still overcast, it was no surprise Cook opted to field first in a match that was still a 50 overs per side contest.

Teams:

England: Alastair Cook (captain), Ian Bell, Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Chris Jordan, Harry Gurney, James Anderson, James Tredwell

Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara (wicketkeeper), Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Matthews (captain), Ashan Priyanjan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath

Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL) and Michael Gough (ENG)

TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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