Eoin Morgan remains upbeat about England's semi-final prospects despite seeing his side slip to a second successive Cricket World Cup loss to Australia at Lord's.

Reigning champions Australia became the first team to seal their last-four berth with a 64-run success, captain Aaron Finch scoring 100 in their 285-7 before the recalled Jason Behrendorff (5-44) and the tournament's leading wicket-taker Mitchell Starc (4-43) helped dismiss England for 221.

The tournament hosts, who lost to Pakistan and were beaten by Sri Lanka last week, could have slipped out of the top four by the time they play their penultimate fixture against India at Edgbaston on Sunday.

However, Morgan, whose men face unbeaten New Zealand in their final group game, is confident the pre-tournament favourites can get back on track.

"I think given the circumstances it's not hugely disappointing – our fate is in our own hands the next two games that we play," he said at the post-match presentation.

"If we can control that and produce performances, we'll be in a healthy position come the latter stages.

"I think everything we need to turn around is quite simple. We're not going to search for anything that's not there. The basics of the game have let us down the last couple of games so we're going to hopefully improve on them moving forward."

Morgan claimed England were "outplayed" and pointed to the disappointing start to their reply as James Vince, Joe Root and the captain himself all fell inside the opening six overs to leave them on 26-3.

"Until the 25th [over of Australia's innings], they sort of dominated," he said.

"I thought we pegged them back really well – for a long time they looked like they were going to get 330 or 340; to restrict them to 280 was a good effort.

"But when you make inroads early and get us 20-3, it obviously pegs us back quite substantially."

Australia's decision to bring in Behrendorff for Nathan Coulter-Nile paid off as he claimed his best figures in ODIs, but it was Starc who took the most crucial wicket, Ben Stokes (89) undone by a brilliant yorker when it had looked like he might be England's hero.

"You can't win the tournament if you don't make the semis so that's the first part ticked off, which is a really nice feeling," said Finch. 

"We've played some good cricket throughout so far so touch wood it keeps going in the right direction.

"England are a standout side and they're a team that can take you apart with the ball and with the bat in certain stages.

"Even you saw today we got them down four down quite quickly and then Stokes and [Jos] Buttler build a partnership and Stokesy, when he gets in, can be pretty brutal on an attack.

"It was nice that we found ways to keep getting wickets in that middle part as well."

Australia became the first team to seal a spot in the Cricket World Cup semi-finals as captain Aaron Finch hit a century and Jason Behrendorff claimed 5-44 to consign England to a second straight loss.

The reigning champions secured a sixth win from seven games by claiming a 64-run triumph at Lord's, Finch scoring 100 in their 285-7 before Australia's seamers starred, dismissing England for 221 inside 45 overs.

Finch was part of a 123-run opening stand with David Warner (53) but Australia did not build on their early momentum having been 185-2 in the 36th over, with middle-order trio Steve Smith (38), Glenn Maxwell (12) and Marcus Stoinis (8) all unable to kick on.

Having failed to chase down 233 in a 20-run loss to Sri Lanka four days earlier, England's semi-final aspirations took another big blow as they once again came up short, despite more heroics from Ben Stokes (89).

The recalled Behrendorff set the tone by bowling James Vince (0) with the innings' second ball and though he took five wickets for the first time in an ODI, it was Mitchell Starc (4-43) who crucially ended Stokes' knock - and effectively England's hopes - with a brilliant yorker.

 

STARC SENDS BACK SUPER STOKES

Having looked like the man who might drag his team over the line against Sri Lanka at Headingley, Stokes was again bidding to be the hero at the Home of Cricket.

Coming in with England 26-3 in the sixth over, Stokes' approach to come down the track to the seamers was paying dividends until Starc cleaned him up with a full delivery that ducked in late.

Stokes, who made an unbeaten 82 against Sri Lanka, had put on two half-century partnerships with Jos Buttler (71 for the fifth wicket) and Chris Woakes (53 for the sixth wicket) but England's hopes went with him, Starc later taking his tally to a tournament-leading 19 wickets.

FAR FROM IN-VINCE-IBLE

England opener Vince made a third successive appearance due to Jason Roy's lingering hamstring problem, and it might just be his last.

A scoreless Vince was bowled through the gate by an inswinger from Behrendorff when attempting to drive as the hosts suffered a disastrous start, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan both fell in single figures too. It was a position they were unable to ever fully recover from.

This was Vince's 11th ODI innings and he has passed 50 just once. England will be hoping Roy is able to return against India on Sunday for what has now become a crucial fixture.

Australia captain Aaron Finch scored a century in their crucial Cricket World Cup encounter with England before a fightback from the hosts' bowling attack restricted them to 285-7.

England, under pressure to reach the semi-finals following a stunning defeat to Sri Lanka, won the toss and elected to field, sensing the pitch would produce seam movement amid hot but overcast conditions.

That suspicion proved correct as Chris Woakes in particular generated consistent swing but England struggled to find reward, and Finch survived an lbw review that ball tracking ruled umpire's call.

It was a reprieve that proved key as Finch and Warner warmed to their task and put on 123 for the first wicket - the latter having been booed by the home fans upon reaching his 50.

The breakthrough finally came when Warner punched Moeen Ali to Joe Root at backward point and Ben Stokes ensured the second-wicket stand would not last quite so long as he did Usman Khawaja for pace.

Steve Smith, joining Warner as the villains of the piece in their highest-profile fixture since returning from ball-tampering bans, was loudly booed as he walked to the crease, but applause rang round the ground as Finch brought up his 15th ODI century courtesy of a misfield.

Finch's 100 comprised of 11 fours and two sixes but the skipper was caught out trying to add to that from the next delivery as an ill-advised pull shot landed in the grasp of Woakes.

The dangerous Glenn Maxwell went for only 12 to a short ball from Mark Wood and another error of judgement cost Australia as Marcus Stoinis was run out after he and Smith found themselves at the same end.

Further jeers came for Smith when Woakes finally got his reward to remove him for 38 but, though Pat Cummins lasted just four deliveries, Australia survived being bowled out.

England, having failed to chase down 233 at Headingley, now face pursuing 286 against a much more talented attack, for whom the pitch should offer plenty.

Steve Smith and David Warner each received icy receptions at Lord's as Australia faced England in the Cricket World Cup.

Former Australia captain Smith and opening batsman Warner were suspended for a year for their roles in the ball tampering scandal that marred their Test series with South Africa last March.

The World Cup represents the first major international tournament since their returns and much of the build-up had been dominated by discussion over their likely reception at a competition being hosted by Ashes rivals England.

India captain Virat Kohli implored his team's fans not to boo the duo but England skipper Eoin Morgan expressed no desire to do the same and they were each on the receiving end of jeers on Tuesday.

Audible boos were minimal when Warner emerged to open the batting alongside Aaron Finch - who went on to make a century - but the tradition of applauding a half-century was widely ignored when Warner brought up that milestone and he was jeered instead.

He eventually clipped Moeen Ali to Joe Root for 53 as Australia put on 123 for the opening wicket.

Usman Khawaja (23) was then bowled by Ben Stokes, bringing Smith to the crease to a loud chorus of boos. He and Australia will look to silence the crowd and dent England's semi-final hopes with a win that would secure their place in the last four.

Australia have selected Nathan Lyon in their side to face England at Lord's on Tuesday.

Lyon had not featured in any of Australia's previous six matches at the 2019 tournament, his last ODI appearance coming in March.

But the spinner has been named in place of Adam Zampa as Australia look to make it six wins from seven games at the Cricket World Cup with a victory over the pre-tournament favourites.

Seamer Jason Behrendorff comes in for Nathan Coulter-Nile in Australia's other change.

England, who won the toss and elected to bowl, are unchanged despite suffering a shock defeat to Sri Lanka at Headingley last time out.

With Jason Roy again absent with a hamstring injury, James Vince will open alongside Jonny Bairstow, keeping his place after scoring just 14 at Leeds.

 

England captain Eoin Morgan called on his players to "keep things simple" as they aim to get their Cricket World Cup campaign back on track when they take on Australia at Lord's.

The identity of the top four appeared to be a foregone conclusion at one stage, only for the tournament hosts to slip up against Sri Lanka at Headingley last Friday.

A surprise 20-run loss in Leeds means England are suddenly under a spot of pressure, though Morgan showed few signs of nerves when speaking to the media on the eve of Tuesday's clash with the Australians.

"Primarily it's trying to keep things as simple as possible. Being truthful and honest with our previous performance and trying to learn and rectify the performance almost immediately," the batsman said.

"And I think because we have quite a strong identity in the way that we play, I wouldn't say that we can flip back to it immediately, but it almost becomes a little bit easier and less confusing to guys, the direction in which they need to go."

The pitch was also a talking point for Morgan, who confirmed the green-looking surface could lead to a change in the XI for the hosts, Liam Plunkett potentially coming in to add an extra paceman to the attack.

As for Australia, they know a sixth victory in seven outings will take them above New Zealand to the top of the table.

They have an excellent World Cup record against England too, winning five of their previous seven encounters, though they have lost 12 of the past 14 completed ODI games between the nations.

Skipper Aaron Finch appreciates his side may face a backlash from Morgan's men following the setback to Sri Lanka, even if England are once again without injured opener Jason Roy.

"We are expecting them to come out ultra-hard and take the game on, which has been one of their main traits over the last couple of years in particular," Finch said at his press conference.

TOURNAMENT SO FAR

England's strong batting line-up proved to be an unexpected weakness against Sri Lanka, as they failed to chase down a target of 233 to slip to a second defeat at this year's event.

They also came up short in a far tougher chase to lose to Pakistan at Trent Bridge in their second game yet have won their other four fixtures. While their progress has not run quite as smoothly as expected, they still remain on track to finish in the top four.

Australia's only setback to date came in London when they lost a high-scoring game to India at The Oval. Since then, though, they have recorded victories over Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

WHAT THEY SAID

Eoin Morgan on facing Australia: "I think it's a good match-up for both teams. It's normally a really good game. The games we've played against them in the last two years, probably the scoreline hasn't been as fair as both sides have played. I think the way that both sides play lends itself to a good game of cricket, as well. So it will be a challenge for both sides I think."

Aaron Finch on his side's form: "I think that we're going in with a lot of confidence, no doubt. We've been playing some really good cricket and building up to I think where our level is to play really consistent international cricket on the big stage. And I think when you get into a situation where the crunch comes, it's going to be the team that holds their nerve."

OPTA FACTS

- Australia have only suffered one loss in their last seven ODI matches at Lord's against England (W5 T1). However, this is the first time these sides will face each other at the venue since 2015. 

- Joe Root has managed scores of 50 or more in six of his last seven ODI knocks (including two centuries). The Yorkshireman had gone seven innings beforehand without a half-century beforehand.

- Jofra Archer and Mark Wood have claimed more wickets from short balls than anyone else at this World Cup, picking up eight and five respectively.

- England will be looking to avoid successive ODI defeats for the first time since January 2017. They not lost two in a row on home soil since September 2015 (the second of those games coming against Australia at Lord's).

Steve Smith and David Warner have been given extra motivation by the hostile receptions they have received from crowds during the Cricket World Cup, according to Aaron Finch.

Smith and Warner have been heckled on their first trip to England – who Australia face on Tuesday – since serving bans for their part in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.

England captain Eoin Morgan said on Friday he would have no problem with fans booing the duo in the crunch match at Lord's, while Jonny Bairstow labelled Justin Langer's pleas for people to show respect as "a bit strange" given Darren Lehmann urged crowds in Australia to make Stuart Broad "cry" six years ago.

And while there is sure to be no love lost between the sides, Finch believes Warner and Smith will take any jibes in their stride.

"I think whatever the public do, you're not going to change it, whether someone comes out and says do or don't," Finch told a news conference on Monday.

"I think it's just going to happen regardless, anyway. It hasn't affected our boys one bit, I can honestly say that if anything, it's given them a bit more motivation.

"As a player, you don't tend to hear a hell of a lot of stuff from the fans. You hear noise at times, but you don't hear specifics.

"So I'm sure that's the last thing on Steve or Davey's mind when they are walking out to bat; if a handful of people or a whole stadium are booing them, it doesn't make any difference to how hard they watch the ball or how hard they doubt themselves or anything like that. I think it's a bit of white noise to be fair."

Bairstow and Warner may be set to lock horns on Tuesday, though they struck up a good relationship in the Indian Premier League, with both batsmen playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2019 season.

"I think that's the great thing about domestic tournaments around the world is that you get an opportunity to play with guys you might have had perceptions on, just from playing against them," Finch added.

"I think that's opened up everyone's eyes to 99 percent of people that you play with are good blokes, regardless of what tournament it is or who you're playing for.

"But that's pretty easy to flick back into international mode, no doubt. It's a game representing your country. There's a lot of pride on the line. There's a couple of points in a World Cup, which is so tightly contested."

Eoin Morgan will have no problem with fans booing Steve Smith and David Warner when England and Australia do battle in the Cricket World Cup on Tuesday.

Australia batsmen Smith and Warner have been heckled on their first trip to England since serving one-year bans for their part in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.

Virat Kohli called on India supporters to stop giving Smith a rough ride following their June 9 encounter at The Oval and Australia head coach Justin Langer said people should show some respect.

England batsman Jonny Bairstow declared it was "a bit strange" to ask spectators to go easy on the duo given Darren Lehmann urged crowds in Australia to make Stuart Broad "cry" six years ago.

Morgan will not instruct the Lord's audience to lay off Smith and Warner in a massive showdown in London, but says they have a right to do what they want.

"I'm not expecting anything. I think fans and supporters up and down the country will have different reactions, as they will around the world. So yes, let's just see," said the England captain.

He added: "Sport is beautiful in many ways because it attracts people from far and wide. I think people can get carried away with sort of home support and away support.

"I think throughout the tournament, everybody has had support at the ground, if not more so than the home team, so it will probably be the same instance [on Tuesday].

"I think they are entitled to have their own view. Just because punishment was handed out and the two guys served their punishment, doesn't mean they are going to be accepted back into the cricket community straightaway with open arms. It will take time."

Jason Roy will remain sidelined when England meet Australia in the Cricket World Cup on Tuesday.

Opener Roy will miss a third successive game for the tournament hosts, despite telling BBC Radio's Test Match Special on Friday that he was on course to return against the holders at Lord's.

The 28-year-old was able to bat in the nets on Monday having missed the 150-run victory over Afghanistan and the defeat to Sri Lanka at Headingley on Friday with a hamstring injury.

Roy had been in fine form with the bat prior to his injury, scoring 153 in his most recent innings against Bangladesh in Cardiff.

England have eight points from their six games played, but have to face all of the current top three sides – Australia, India and New Zealand – in their final group fixtures.

James Vince has deputised for Roy, making a combined 40 in two innings against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

Australia's hopes of defending their Cricket World Cup crown will face a strong test this week against England and table-toppers New Zealand.

All of Australia's five wins at this year's tournament have come against sides out of the semi-final places and their tough week begins against a wounded England on Tuesday.

The tournament favourites were stunned by Sri Lanka last time out and will be desperate to respond in a much-anticipated showdown at Lord's.

Another clash at the same venue will follow for Aaron Finch's men on Saturday, Australia set to play a New Zealand side who are yet to lose at the World Cup.

FIXTURES

Monday 24 June: Bangladesh v Afghanistan (the Rose Bowl) - 1030 BST start

Tuesday 25 June: England v Australia (Lord's) - 1030 

Wednesday 26 June: New Zealand v Pakistan (Edgbaston) - 1030

Thursday 27 June: West Indies v India (Old Trafford) - 1030

Friday 28 June: Sri Lanka v South Africa (The Riverside) - 1030

Saturday 29 June: Pakistan v Afghanistan (Headingley) - 1030, New Zealand v Australia (Lord's) - 1330

Sunday 30 June: England v India (Edgbaston) - 1030

 

THE WEEK'S BIG GAME

England's defeat to Sri Lanka on Friday gave hope to the chasing pack of sneaking into the semi-finals, when previously it looked as though the hosts, Australia, India and New Zealand would pull well clear of the rest. Were Eoin Morgan's side to lose again at Lord's on Tuesday, the likes of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan will feel they are in with a real chance, and Australia would dearly love to pile the pressure firmly on their Ashes foes.

STANDINGS

1. New Zealand - 11pts from 6 games, Net Run Rate +1.306
2. Australia - 10pts from 6 games, NRR +0.849
3. India - 9pts from 5 games, NRR +0.809
4. England - 8pts from 6 games, NRR +1.457
5. Sri Lanka - 6pts from 6 games, NRR -1.119
6. Bangladesh - 5pts from 6 games, NRR -0.407
7. Pakistan – 5pts from 6 games, NRR -1.265
8. West Indies - 3pts from 6 games, NRR +0.190
9. South Africa - 3pts from 7 games, NRR -0.324
10. Afghanistan - 0pts from 6 games, NRR -1.712

LEADING RUN-SCORERS

1: David Warner (Aus) - 447
2: Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) - 425
3: Joe Root (Eng) - 424

LEADING WICKET-TAKERS

=1: Jofra Archer (Eng), Mitchell Starc (Aus), Mohammad Amir (Pak) - 15

When Mark Wood bowled Lasith Malinga to make him the ninth Sri Lanka wicket to fall at Headingley, they looked set for a loss to England that would all but end their hopes of stretching what most expect to be his final World Cup into the last four.

A batting performance defined by toil against the spinners and an ability to deal with the sheer pace of Wood and Jofra Archer had seen Sri Lanka labour to a total of 232-9, a score nobody inside the stadium's recently revamped confines anticipated being enough against an England side that bludgeoned an ODI-record 25 sixes in their demolition of Afghanistan.

But Malinga's status as one of the legends of Sri Lanka cricket has not been earned lightly and the 35-year-old provided some late padding to a glittering reputation with a supreme display of fast bowling at a venue that has seen many during its long and storied history, against a batting line-up with few obvious weaknesses.

With Jason Roy out with a hamstring tear, the England openers could be considered somewhat fragile, however. Jonny Bairstow had a first-ball duck on his 2019 World Cup resume from the opener with South Africa and another arrived when Malinga trapped him in front with a full and straight delivery. James Vince has developed an unwanted reputation for failing to build on fast starts, and that tendency reared its head again as Malinga drew a thick edge to slip for 14.

While it could be aruged those wickets came as a result of the batsmen's deficiencies, the merits of Malinga's next two dismissals are indisputable. First he strangled Joe Root - looking in peerless form after recording his fifth half-century in six World Cup matches - down the leg side, before trapping Jos Buttler, so often England's talisman and saviour, plumb in front to leave the tournament hosts teetering on 144-5.

Malinga finished his 10-over spell with figures of 4-43, allowing just five boundaries in a magnificent effort that put England firmly on the backfoot. Eoin Morgan's men took to playing increasingly rash shots in losing 4-16 in 5.1 overs following Buttler's exit, Ben Stokes' admirable effort to hog the strike and lead the fightback proving in vain when Wood clipped Nuwan Pradeep behind.

Kusal Mendis, who post-game described Malinga as the captain of the bowling attack, put the 35-year-old's performance down to knowledge collated over his long career and expressed hope Sri Lanka can overcome the odds to extend their World Cup stay.

"He has a lot of experience, playing a lot of T20 matches, he has a lot of variation," Kusal told Ommisport of Malinga. "He knows when he's playing against the best batsmen which shot he is playing. 

"We have another three games, win another two matches - I think we go to the semi-finals."

As well as giving Sri Lanka reason to dream again, Malinga's devastating spell should also provide plenty of motivation to England's final three group stage opponents - Australia, India and New Zealand - that theirs is a batting line-up capable of being torn apart after seeing it wilt in the face of Malinga's pace and variation.

When they strode out to bat England looked set to take another routine step towards the last four. Now, thanks to Malinga - who became only the fourth player to reach 50 World Cup wickets with his stellar showing - they head into the toughest three games of their schedule knowing further such failures will put their semi-final hopes in jeopardy.

For Sri Lanka, progress to the knockouts is still an uphill task but, even if they and Malinga do bow out, his heroics have given them an abiding memory from a tournament in which they were in danger of becoming an afterthought.

England captain Eoin Morgan said his team must banish the disappointment of their Headingley defeat to Sri Lanka and show their true colours against Australia.

The Cricket World Cup hosts suffered a 20-run defeat in Leeds, their second loss in six games at the tournament, with Ben Stokes left stranded on 82 not out.

Sri Lanka were driven to victory by their experienced pace bowler Lasith Malinga, who has taken a fancy to English batsmen in the past and again proved the main tormentor with a four-wicket haul.

Morgan said the main frustration was with the way England batted rather than the bowling that allowed Sri Lanka to post 232-9.

"I thought we were really good with the ball, adapted to conditions and held Sri Lanka to a chaseable total," said Morgan, whose side wilted to 212 all out. "I think we were probably at fault with a lack of substantial partnerships to chase down a total like that.

"There were a couple of individual performances that almost got us over the line but it wasn't enough."

Australia at Lord's present the next challenge for England on Tuesday, as both sides look to move closer to a semi-final place.

"We are going to lose games throughout this tournament," Morgan said. "It's about fronting up for the next game, learning as much as we can about today and bouncing back well on Tuesday.

"It's a tournament where you have to dust yourself off quite quickly and turn things around. We tend to come back quite aggressively so hopefully we'll look better on Tuesday."

Morgan does not feel England have suffered a major blow to their semi-final hopes.

"No, not at all," he said at the post-match presentations. "It's a long, long tournament with huge opportunities in every game. Every game's a tough game and we've got three more of them."

Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said removing Joe Root had been "the turning point", after England's Test skipper made 57 and looked poised to anchor the innings.

Malinga removed Root to leave England 127 for four, and they went downhill from there.

Man of the match Malinga said of the threat posed by Stokes in the closing overs: "We know how good a player he is and how hard he hits, but we stuck to our basics. We kept bowling our stock balls, and we ended up winning.

"We know how good the England team are and we want to carry on our momentum into our other matches."

Lasith Malinga rocked England with a magnificent four-wicket haul as Sri Lanka stunned the Cricket World Cup favourites with a 20-run win in a Headingley thriller despite the best efforts of Ben Stokes.

England looked to be taking another stride towards the semi-finals when they reduced Sri Lanka to 232-9 with Jofra Archer (3-52), Mark Wood (3-40) and Adil Rashid (2-45) doing the bulk of the damage.

Angelo Mathews top scored with a patient unbeaten 85 following a rapid 49 from Avishka Fernando in his first match of the tournament, but Sri Lanka's score of 232-9 appeared to be below par.

Veteran quick Malinga proved he can still be the man for the big occasion, though, taking 4-43 and becoming only the fourth man to take 50 World Cup wickets as England slumped from 170-5 to 212 all out with three overs remaining.

Stokes was left stranded on a superb unbeaten 82 after the in-form Joe Root fell for 57 on his home ground, Dhananjaya de Silva claiming 3-32 in a brilliant performance from Sri Lanka in the field.

Sri Lanka are just two points behind third-placed England, who still have Australia, India and New Zealand - the other three sides in the top four - to play in the battle for semi-final spots.

ARCHER AND WOOD HIT THE MARK AGAIN

Archer and Chris Woakes (1-22) removed both openers to reduce to leave Sri Lanka in deep trouble on 3-2 after they won the toss and elected to bat.

Fernando played some attractive shots before he guided a short ball from Wood to the excellent Rashid, who was on a hat-trick after removing Kusal Mendis (46) and Jeevan Mendis.

Sri Lanka were unable to accelerate with a cautious Mathews lacking support, Root taking a fine diving catch to get rid of Dhananjaya for Archer, who ripped through the lower order along with the equally impressive Wood. 

 

MALINGA ROLLS BACK THE YEARS

Malinga has delivered for Sri Lanka many times over the years and he snared Jonny Bairstow for the opener's second golden duck of the tournament before seeing the back of James Vince (14).

Eoin Morgan fell to Isuru Udana for 21 after his explosive hundred against Afghanistan and the hosts were 127-4 when Root became Malinga's 50th World Cup victim, Sri Lanka gaining their rewards for disciplined bowling.

The brilliant Malinga pinned Jos Buttler leg before to leave the game in the balance with Stokes holding the key for England.

 

STOKES LEFT STRANDED, DHANANJAYA DELIVERS

Dhananjaya then came to the fore, Moeen Ali holing out with a poor shot attempting to hit a second successive six in his 100th ODI.

It was very much advantage Sri Lanka when spinner Dhananjaya had Woakes and Rashid caught behind in the 41st over - reducing England to 178-8.

Stokes continued to play with maturity as his team-mates lost their heads and he also struck four sixes, but despite farming the strike with intelligence in a final-wicket stand of 26, his knock was in vain when Nuwan Pradeep had Wood caught behind.

Hosts England will aim to continue a dominant run of form when they welcome Sri Lanka to Headingley in the Cricket World Cup on Friday.

Captain Eoin Morgan bludgeoned an astonishing 148 against Afghanistan at Old Trafford last time out, including an ODI record of 17 sixes in an innings – the lion's share of 25 maximums from England, which also represented a format best.

If there was any reason to nit-pick after a 150-run triumph, following similarly resounding wins over West Indies and Bangladesh, it was the fall of only one Afghanistan wicket between the 12th and 41st overs of their response.

A recall for experienced seamer and mid-overs specialist Liam Plunkett on his former home ground could be a solution, as Moeen Ali eyes a 100th ODI cap, although current form suggests England should have far too much for a Sri Lanka side who have arguably benefitted from a typically inclement British summer.

Four points from five matches means Dimuth Karunaratne's side still harbour semi-final hopes, although no-results against Pakistan and Bangladesh account for half of that haul. Victory over Afghanistan has come to be a sure thing in this tournament, meaning Sri Lanka's heavy defeats to New Zealand and Australia are more indicative of their standing.

 

TOURNAMENT SO FAR

After an eventually commanding 104-run win over South Africa in the tournament opener and a thrilling loss to Pakistan, England's three consecutive victories have featured huge totals against Bangladesh and Afghanistan either side of swatting West Indies aside. Morgan's men are hitting the dominant form that made them favourites for glory.

New Zealand rolled Sri Lanka for 136 in a 10-wicket thrashing, while Aaron Finch's thumping 153 probably gave them a taste of what is to come against England. Even the victory over Afghanistan saw them forced to defend 201 all out, while complaints about green pitches and a failure to show for a post-match news conference following the Australia loss do not exactly paint a picture of a camp at ease.

WHAT THEY SAID

England all-rounder Moeen: "Obviously, it means a lot. To play 100 games for England, ODI games, it's a dream. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would get close to it so it's an amazing feeling."

Sri Lanka captain Karunaratne: "England is the best batting line-up against the spinners in the world. If you take the Asian countries, I think England are playing [spin] even better than them. We know that we need to restrict them to less than 300, we have a couple of plans against the batsmen and we will try to use them in the middle."

OPTA FACTS

- After enjoying a six-match winning streak versus Sri Lanka in ODIs, England lost by 219 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method the last time the sides met in October 2018.
- England and Sri Lanka have two wins apiece in ODIs they have contested at Headingley, although the Lions have won the previous two in 2006 and 2011.
- Joe Root will play before an adoring Yorkshire public having scored fifty or more in five of his past six ODI knocks, including two centuries.

Dylan Hartley has been left out of England's Rugby World Cup training squad as the hooker continues to struggle with a knee problem.

England co-captain Hartley has not played since December and the Northampton Saints man's prolonged period of inactivity appears to have scuppered his hopes of featuring in Japan later this year.

Flanker and former England skipper Chris Robshaw and scrum-half Danny Care are other high-profile omissions.

Alex Dombrandt, Lewis Ludlam, Ruaridh McConnochie and Val Rapava Ruskin have been called up to the senior squad for the first time.

The 29-man party does not include any players involved in the Premiership semi-finals, with those from Gloucester and Northampton to join the camp next week.

Players from champions Saracens and runners-up Exeter Chiefs will then come into the reckoning when Eddie Jones names his final training party on July 4.

On Wednesday, Exeter's Jack Nowell was backed to recover from ankle surgery in time to feature at the World Cup by Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter.

George Kruis and Mako Vunipola will report for medical treatment when the squad gather for a week at Pennyhill Park and the Lensbury on June 30.

 

England training squad:

Forwards

Dan Cole, Tom Curry, Alex Dombrandt, Tom Dunn, Charlie Ewels, Ellis Genge, Joe Launchbury, Lewis Ludlam, Val Rapava Ruskin, Nick Schonert, Brad Shields, Kyle Sinckler, Jack Singleton, Sam Underhill, Mark Wilson.

Backs

Chris Ashton, Mike Brown, Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May, Ruaridh McConnochie, Dan Robson, Marcus Smith, Ben Te'o, Manu Tuilagi, Anthony Watson, Ben Youngs.

In for medical treatment

George Kruis and Mako Vunipola.

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