Cricket

England opt to field at Lord's

2014-05-31 11:43
Alastair Cook (AFP)

London - England captain Alastair Cook has won the toss and elected to field against Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI at Lord's on Saturday.

Although conditions initially appeared ideal for batting, with sunny blue skies above Lord's, this series has been littered with collapses.

And given England had skittled Sri Lanka out for just 67 en route to a crushing 10-wicket win at Old Trafford on Wednesday that gave them a 2-1 lead in this five-match series, Cook's decision was perhaps not that surprising.

England were unchanged from the side that played in Manchester, where paceman Chris Jordan took a career-best five for 29.

But Sri Lanka made two changes, bringing in Kusal Perera for fellow batsman Dinesh Chandimal and spinner Ajantha Mendis for left-arm slow bowler Rangana Herath.

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, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wicketkeeper), Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Matthews (captain), Ashan Priyanjan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga

Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA) and Ian Gould (ENG)

TV umpire: Chris Gaffaney (NZL)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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