Fletcher urges England to score hundreds
"Those players have done it before on a regular basis," Fletcher said. "They did it against Australia, the best side in the world, but it's up to the top four to go out there and get a hundred. "It's crucial to get that base and then you can expand from there and get decent totals to put them really under pressure and it's important and realise they go out there and put up their hand," he said.
"Sometimes they can rely on someone else to do the job, but each individual must go out there and put up their hand and we keep reminding them of that whether it's bowlers or batters - don't leave it for someone else to do, they've got to go and do the job."
Before the series got underway, Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lanka captain, identified the need for batsmen to score big hundreds, an aspect which England have failed to do. Sri Lanka, though, have heeded their captain's advice: aside from Jayawardene's magnificent 126 yesterday, both Upul Tharanga (120 at Lord's) and Sanath Jayasuriya (122 at The Oval) have contributed innings to set up Sri Lanka's total, or power them in the run-chase.
"Most of it is a mental thing," Fletcher said. "Three different Sri Lankan batsman have got hundreds and none of our batters have got a hundred. Getting to 30 is the same thing, it's a mental thing. If you get to 30, technically you can't be lacking something and mentally you have to get through the session and get those scores of 100.
"It's just a matter of an inexperienced side going out there and being put under pressure by some good batters, but it's crucial they handle that pressure well," he added.
The fourth ODI gets underway at Old Trafford on Wednesday.