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Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara went for a lap of honour, Sri Lanka v England, 7th ODI, Colombo, December 16, 2014 (ESPNCI)

Suranga Lakmal celebrates removing James Taylor, Sri Lanka v England, 7th ODI, Colombo, December 16, 2014 (ESPNCI)

Thisara Perera blasted a 23-ball fifty - the second-quickest for Sri Lanka in an ODI, Sri Lanka v England, 7th ODI, Colombo, December 16, 2014 (ESPNCI)

Dinesh Chandimal was aggressive and effective, Sri Lanka v England, 7th ODI, Colombo, December 16, 2014 (ESPNCI)

Tillakaratne Dilshan goes through the off side, Sri Lanka v England, 7th ODI, Colombo, December 16, 2014 (ESPNCI)

Mahela Jayawardene leaves to a standing ovation, Sri Lanka v England, 7th ODI, Colombo, December 16, 2014 (ESPNCI)

Kumar Sangakkara heaved a catch to midwicket, Sri Lanka v England, 7th ODI, Colombo, December 16, 2014 (ESPNCI)

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* Alastair Cook 'gutted' after being replaced by Eoin Morgan

Dec 20 (BBC) Alastair Cook has said he is "gutted" to be left out of England's World Cup squad after Eoin Morgan was confirmed as the new one-day captain. Cook, 29, has been dropped from the 15-man squad to play matches in Australia next month and the World Cup. "I'm gutted to be left out of the World Cup squad and it is likely to take me a while to get over the disappointment," he said. England announced their World Cup squad on Saturday morning.
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* Kiwis clinch ODI series against Pakistan

Dec 20 (AFP) Abu Dhabi- Skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor hit half-centuries while paceman Matt Henry recorded career best bowling figures as New Zealand thumped Pakistan by 68 runs in the fifth and final one-dayer in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Williamson’s 97 and Taylor’s 88 were the cornerstone of New Zealand’s 275-4 before Henry’s 5-30 helped dismiss Pakistan for 207 in 43.3 overs for a 3-2 series win at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
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* Alastair Cook dropped as England captain for 2015 Cricket World Cup

Dec 19 (Guardian) Alastair Cook’s dream of leading England in the World Cup is over after 69 matches in charge, more than any other England captain. Eoin Morgan, who was vice-captain in Sri Lanka and led the side in Cook’s absence through suspension, is to take the 15-man squad for the Tri-Series against Australia and India and the World Cup that follows, although there are considerable concerns about his batting form.
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* Christchurch to host spectacular Cricket World Cup opening ceremony

Dec 18 (BSN) The South Island city of Christchurch is set to host a unique and spectacular opening event for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. This will be held on Thursday 12th February - two days before the tournament officially begins when New Zealand take on Sri Lanka at Christchurch's Hagley Oval.
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* 2014 has been a topsy-turvy year for Indian cricket

Dec 18 (IANS) Indian cricket went through another tumultuous year on and off the field with a controversy that shook the very foundation of the game's governing body in the country - the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) - that refused to die down and spilled over to the New Year after raising several tough questions for its beleaguered president, N. Srinivasan.
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* Lankan Stars Confirmed For CPL Draft

Dec 20 (Gleaner)Three of Sri Lanka's biggest cricket stars - Mahela Jayawardene, Tilakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga - will be available for the Caribbean Premier League Draft which is set to take place in early 2015. The competition bowls off in June next year. The trio will join a host of top class T20 stars, including South African icon, all-rounder Jacques Kallis, as well as the Caribbean's world-famousT20 stars that have included the likes of André Russell, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.
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* ICC launch fans’ chance to pick their Greatest World Cup XI

Dec 20 (ICC) The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 begins on February 14 when New Zealand takes on Sri Lanka in the tournament opener in Christchurch. With less than two months to go, ICC has launched ‘Your Greatest XI’, which will allow fans a unique chance to pick their Greatest All-Time Cricket World Cup XI from the previous 10 editions of the event. The ICC database consists of over 100 of the greatest World Cup players of all-time.
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* Rangana Herath to miss first Test

Dec 19 (ESPNCI) Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has been ruled out of Sri Lanka's first Test against New Zealand by the hamstring tear he suffered last week, team manager Michael de Zoysa has confirmed. Herath had damaged his upper, inner left thigh while training ahead of the fifth ODI against England, and though team management had initially been hopeful for a quick recovery, he will now likely be out for at least three weeks.
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* Sri Lanka team departure: Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 14/15

Dec 18 (SLC) Sri Lanka National team left the island for New Zealand this morning for a tour which will get underway on Sunday (21st)with a practice game against NZ A in Queenstown Dec 21. The team is to play 2 Test matches and 7 ODIs. Christchurch will host the opening Test match of the series on December 26.
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