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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

Alan Gardner in Colombo

Cook and the question of loyalty in sport

Dec 16, 2014: He served the purpose of being the hero to Pietersen's antihero, but given his appalling one-day form, is it time to be disloyal and get rid of him?

Simon Barnes

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.

Alan Gardner

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

Alan Gardner

England v Sri Lanka, 6th ODI, Pallekele

Moores leaves Cook future in the balance

Dec 13, 2014: Alastair Cook's future as England ODI captain appears to be in the balance after another series loss left coach, Peter Moores, unable to guarantee his place in the World Cup side.

George Dobell

Sri Lanka v England, 6th ODI, Pallekele

Sangakkara hundred secures series

Dec 13, 2014: A masterful century from Kumar Sangakkara helped Sri Lanka wrap up the ODI series against England with a thumping 90-run victory in Pallekele

The Report by George Dobell

Sri Lanka v England, 6th ODI, Pallekele

Buoyed England aim for series decider

Dec 12, 2014: ESPNcricinfo previews the sixth ODI in Pallekele as England look to level the series and take it to a decider

Preview by Andrew McGlashan

England in Sri Lanka 2014-15

Cook handed one-match suspension

Dec 4, 2014: Alastair Cook will miss the fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka after being handed a one-match suspension for England's slow over-rate in Hambantota on Wednesday.

Andrew McGlashan

Sri Lanka v England, 3rd ODI, Hambantota

England seek jungle reinvigoration

Dec 2, 2014: In Hambantota, they say funny things can happen. And England need something unexpected to happen to their ODI cricket, some jungle juju to reinvigorate a stumbling side

Alan Gardner

England in Sri Lanka 2014-15

England in fresh start in the jungle

Dec 1, 2014: England have discovered that ODI cricket is becoming a jungle where only the sharpest, most ruthless survive, so their venture into Sri Lanka's deep south for the third match of the series at Hambantota seems symbolic

Alan Gardner

Sri Lanka v England, 2nd ODI, Colombo

Cook rebukes Pietersen dig, again

Nov 29, 2014: For the second time this year, Kevin Pietersen suggested Alastair Cook should quit the England captaincy. This time he tweeted his dissatisfaction with England's one-day form, though Cook is just as disinclined to listen

Alan Gardner in Colombo

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Colombo

England's World Cup plans in a spin

Nov 29, 2014: Given the traumatic events of this week a one-day defeat is really not important at all so this match has to be analysed in a different light but will have to admit how poorly they performed

Alan Gardner in Colombo

Sri Lanka v England, 2nd ODI, Colombo

Sri Lanka canter to 2-0 series lead

Nov 29, 2014: England presented Sri Lanka with the sort of run chase that Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene could have supervised in their sleep.

The Report by David Hopps

Sri Lanka v England, 2nd ODI, Colombo

Teams to play ODI as tribute to Hughes

Nov 28, 2014: Alastair Cook, England's captain, said that the players from both sides wanted the game to go ahead as a tribute to Phillip Hughes

Alan Gardner in Colombo

Sri Lanka v England, 1st ODI, Colombo

Cook's DRS double-take

Nov 26, 2014: ESPNcricinfo picks the plays of the day from the opening ODI

Andrew Fidel Fernando and Alan Gardner in Colombo

Sri Lanka v England, 1st ODI, Colombo

Cook looks to steady England ship

Nov 25, 2014: In monsoon season, England look to get on course for the World Cup

Alan Gardner

Sri Lanka v England, 1st ODI, Colombo

Struggling sides seek World Cup form

Nov 25, 2014: ESPNcricinfo previews the opening ODI in Colombo between Sri Lanka and England, two sides trying to find form and dodge the rain

The Preview by George Dobell

England in Sri Lanka 2014-15

Both England and Sri Lanka need to rebuild

Nov 25, 2014: The home side were thrown into a tour of India and got hammered 5-0 while the visitors are still searching for a way to consistently match the modern one-day game

Andrew Fidel Fernando

England in Sri Lanka 2014-15

Ramprakash wants 'no fear' England

Nov 23, 2014: Most teams have begun to shift their ODI cricket into World Cup gear, but for England, the trip to Sri Lanka is not so much a training run for the big event, as it is an expedition

Andrew Fidel Fernando
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