The England cricket team are very hopeful that their captain, Alastair Cook will be fit for the third ODI of the series against Sri Lanka, which will begin later today. There have already been two ODI’s between England and Sri Lanka this year and the overall score is currently 1-1, as England managed to win the first ODI by 81 runs before Sri Lanka got revenge by winning the next by a record 157 runs. Before the two teams played the first ODI, they had a Twenty20 International game which was won by Sri Lanka, meaning the visitors are currently in the lead overall.
England were without Alastair Cook for their previous ODI, in which they lost to Sri Lanka by 157 runs, which just proves how vital he is to the team and how much he boosts the morale. Even though the home side lost the previous ODI, allowing Sri Lanka to level the ODI’s up 1-1, there are still 3 remaining ODI’s for England to grab victories in. Once the fifth and final ODI will be played at Edgbaston on June 3rd, there will be 2 final test matches between the two teams at Lord’s and Headingley. These two matches could decide who wins the overall series.
England seamer, James Anderson commented on Captain Alastair Cook and whether he will play, “He’s practised today, so fingers crossed he will be OK. We’ll see how he is in the morning.” Yet, Anderson continued to talk about the fact that the senior players must “share the burden” of captaincy and not rely solely on one man. “It’s everyone’s job to be thinking about the game, how the team can improve and be offering that advice. It doesn’t always have to come from the captain. When we’ve done well in the past is when we’ve had five or six guys who can stand up in the dressing-room and give feedback.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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