London - England captain Eoin Morgan elected to field after winning the toss
in the fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka at The Oval on
With light rain around and dark grey skies, Morgan
clearly felt his bowlers could utilise the favourable bowling conditions
with further down pours forecast during the afternoon and evening.
insisted: "There's a bit of weather around and chasing is probably a
better option. Hopefully, the rain will not spoil this game as it did in
Bristol and we can get a positive result."
Spinner Moeen Ali was
recalled to the England side, replacing all-rounder Chris Jordan, as the
only change from the team which lined up for the rain-ruined third
one-dayer in Bristol.
England, leading 1-0 in the series, were
left frustrated on 16-1 in that game, chasing a less than formidable 249
for victory, when rain washed out the rest of play.
hosts can still clinch the series with a victory here in South London
while Sri Lanka will hope to stretch the five-match campaign into the
final one in Cardiff on Sunday. The tourists chose to stick with the
same side from Bristol despite the disappointing batting performance.
Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jonny Bairstow,
Jos Buttler (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid,
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal
Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wkt), Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews (capt),
Farveez Maharoof, Dasun Shanaka, Seekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Pradeep,
Umpires: Rob Bailey (ENG), Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
TV umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS)