Sri Lanka vs England, fifth ODI scorecard from Colombo as the tourists aim to finish series in style with fourth win
- Sri Lanka and England meet in the fifth and final match of their one-day series
- The tourists already have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the rain-affected series
- Eoin Morgan’s side won Saturday’s match by 18 runs on the DLS method
- Mark Wood is one of the players hoping to state case for World Cup selection
England will aim to win their one-day series with Sri Lanka 4-0 as the sides meet in the fifth and final match in Colombo on Tuesday.
Eoin Morgan’s team have dominated the series so far and their 18-run victory in a rain-affected fourth ODI in Pallekele on Saturday handed them an unassailable lead.
Despite being a dead rubber, this final match offers a number of players an excellent opportunity to state their case for inclusion in the England squad for next year’s World Cup.
Mark Wood is among those hoping to seize his chance having watched from the sidelines as the tourists racked up their 3-0 lead.
Newcomer Olly Stone has been preferred in each of the first four matches, taking Wood’s status as the quickest bowler in the squad in the process, while Tom Curran has impressed with his variations in the last two.
With next summer’s home World Cup looming on the horizon, competition for places is reaching fever pitch and it is increasingly apparent the selectors will be cutting players with a strong case rather than calling on those with a slender one as in previous tournaments.
‘We’re against the clock a little bit because everyone is vying for one or two spots,’ said Durham man Wood.
‘It’s been frustrating because I’ve not played but I’m going to get a go now so it’s a chance I can push my case. Some of the net sessions have been pretty hairy as all the bowlers have been charging in.
‘With a World Cup round the corner you do your best now or you’re not going to make it. It is good to have competition and I’m sure Morgy (captain Eoin Morgan) is absolutely licking his lips at the fact that there are all these lads charging in at training and everyone is trying to impress him.
‘But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about it. If I don’t do well here I am one tour away from not making that World Cup squad. That’s something you build up for over four years since the last one, so it just means I’ve got to do the business.’
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