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Sri Lanka v England, 7th ODI, Colombo

'No complaints' if sacked - Cook

Dec 16, 2014: It has been a "hell of a year", in the words of Alastair Cook but he will have to wait a few more days to see if it has been worth it - at least from a personal perspective

Alan Gardner in Colombo

Sri Lanka v England, 7th ODI, Colombo

Cook form leaves England in chaos

Dec 16, 2014: England's biggest problem ahead of the fast-approaching World Cup is the form of Cook and it becomes more acute each time a member of the ECB hierarchy launches into an impassioned defence of the captain

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Sri Lanka v England, 7th ODI, Colombo

St Sangakkara b Jayawardene

Dec 16, 2014: Plays of the day from the seventh ODI between Sri Lanka and England in Colombo

Alan Gardner and Andrew Fidel Fernando

England in Sri Lanka 2014-15

Cook our 'natural leader' - Downton

Dec 15, 2014: Paul Downton, the managing director of England cricket, said he would be "very surprised" if Alastair Cook was not England's captain at the World Cup and described him as the "natural leader" of the current side.

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Sri Lanka v England, 7th ODI, Colombo

Premadasa set for Sanga-Mahela farewell

Dec 15, 2014: Sri Lanka have wrapped things up with a game to spare, meaning that they can revel in the last home ODI appearances of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara in front of what is expected to be a bumper crowd at the Premadasa

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England in Sri Lanka 2014-15

Moores retains faith in Cook World Cup captaincy

Dec 14, 2014: When a series is lost, the captain is inevitably first in for questioning. Unfortunately for Alastair Cook, no one is interested in pursuing other lines of inquiry

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England in Sri Lanka 2014-15

The ground which gave cricket Kumar Sangakkara

Dec 14, 2014: There is one international cricket ground where it is okay to make schoolboy errors. That's because the Asgiriya Stadium in Kandy is home to the teams of Trinity College, who have played at the picturesque location chiseled out of the hillside for almost

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Sri Lanka v England, 6th ODI, Pallakele

The grand abdication of the Kandyan king

Dec 13, 2014: They came to worship Kumar Sangakkara in his final ODI in Kandy and he did not let them down, delivering the farewell century of which his fans had barely dared to dream

Alan Gardner in Pallekele

Sri Lanka v England, 6th ODI, Pallakele

Dilshan v Moeen contest breaks England's hold

Dec 13, 2014: Plays of the day from the sixth ODI between Sri Lanka and England in Pallakele

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England in Sri Lanka 2014-15

Woakes proving to be sound investment

Dec 12, 2014: England have not forgotten about Chris Woakes because he is not allowing them to; instead, he is right on track to be a key member of the squad at the World Cup early next year

Alan Gardner in Pallekele

Sri Lanka v England, 5th ODI, Pallekele

Root enjoys new sidekick Scrappy Doo

Dec 12, 2014: Root has had a lot of responsibility thrust on him but he carries the burden cheerfully, grinning at opposition bowlers and piling up runs with a certain gangling ease

Alan Gardner in Pallekele

Life is a papare, old chum

Dec 12, 2014: Our correspondent takes in a safari, runs into VVS Laxman, and gets his fill of a certain ubiquitous politician

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Sri Lanka v England, 5th ODI, Pallekele

Root hit the Sanga level - Cook

Dec 11, 2014: Alastair Cook's search for a significant ODI score goes on but his side showed impressive composure in completing a five-wicket win in the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka

Alan Gardner in Pallekele

Sri Lanka v England, 5th ODI, Pallekele

Woakes, Jordan inch England forward

Dec 10, 2014: They may not scream World Cup winner at you but the performance of England's two young quicks are encouraging for England

Alan Gardner in Pallekele

Sri Lanka v England, 5th ODI, Pallekele

England set for another shuffle

Dec 9, 2014: Desperately seeking the ideal World Cup combination, England are likely to continue their player rotation as the ODI series shifts to Pallekele

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England in Sri Lanka 2014-15

Stokes' ride gets uncomfortable

Dec 8, 2014: Ben Stokes is slipping alarmingly from England's greatest asset to a liability they are struggling to carry

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Sri Lanka v England, 4th ODI, Colombo

We missed Tredwell - Morgan

Dec 7, 2014: England's decision to field Ben Stokes instead of James Tredwell may have contributed to them going 3-1 down in the series but they have accepted that there will be some collateral damage

Alan Gardner in Colombo

Sri Lanka v England, 4th ODI, Colombo

Taylor leaves England grateful for small mercies

Dec 7, 2014: James Taylor's chance has been a long time coming, but he took it in style in Colombo to press his claims for a place in England's World Cup squad

Alan Gardner in Colombo

Sri Lanka v England, 4th ODI, Colombo

Taylor makes his statement

Dec 7, 2014: ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from Colombo

Alan Gardner in Colombo

Sri Lanka v England, 4th ODI, Colombo

Buttler's timely intervention reinvigorates England

Dec 6, 2014: The prospects for England at the forthcoming World Cup have not been much of a conversation starter in recent times but they do have a few players who are starting to get people talking

Alan Gardner in Colombo
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