Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
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Morgan wants more from 'rusty' England despite series win

Morgan wants more from 'rusty' England despite series win

England batsman Jonny Bairstow is a doubt for Saturday's fourth one-day worldwide against Sri Lanka after twisting his ankle playing football in training.

Jonny Bairstow has emerged as an injury doubt ahead of Saturday's fourth ODI against Sri Lanka after injuring his right ankle during England's training session on the eve of the match at Pallekele.

Captain Eoin Morgan (31) and Joe Root (32) shared an unbeaten 56-run stand in the visitors' chase of 275 for victory before the weather intervened, as they took an unassailable 3-0 lead in their five-match series.

England were 132-2 after 27 overs in reply when rain interrupted play.

Root was on 22 when he was caught at short fine leg, only for umpire Lyndon Hannibal to signal no-ball having spotted a fifth fielder outside the circle.

Rashid, whose variations the batsmen did not always read, was more hard to milk for singles, and collected the third wicket in Sri Lanka's mini-collapse, trapping the struggling Kusal Mendis in front with a slider.

Following Sadeera Samarawickrama's early departure for one poking his bat out at Chris Woakes, Niroshan Dickwella and skipper Dinesh Chandimal got the innings moving with a partnership of 70 for the second wicket before the all too familiar middle order collapse saw Sri Lanka slump from 89-1 to 102-4.


The fifth and final one-dayer will be played in Colombo on Tuesday. Given the paucity of Sri Lanka's lower-order batting, England will feel they should not have given away even as many 74 in the last 10.

Morgan who was named Man of the Match said: "Today was a scrappy game, the wicket was a bit tacky and we let Sri Lanka creep up to a very competitive score".

Dasun Shanaka collared the legspinner for two sixes, going on to hit five in all including two in a row off Olly Stone, who went wicketless at 7.14 an over.

Spinner Akila Dananjaya took 2-27. "We could have built on the pressure from there and forced another mistake".

"If we had not made a mistake of having five fielders outside the circle and got Root's wicket it would have been a close game". "It's an important game but also may be an opportunity to look at some other guys as well".

Hales has been frozen out of his preferred opening position in the past year because of the blistering form of Bairstow and Jason Roy.

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