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Angelo Mathews and Alastair Cook pose with the series trophy, Colombo, November 20, 2014 (ESPNCI)

Yikes! What's giving Alastair Cook the creeps? Colombo, November 20, 2014 (ESPNCI)

A guard watches over England's training session, SSC, Colombo, November 19, 2014

Angelo Mathews goes on the attack, India v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Ranchi, November 16, 2014

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* Revenge-Seeking England Take on Sri Lanka

Nov 25 (NDTV) Colombo- England will look to settle scores against Sri Lanka after their bad-tempered clash earlier this year when the two sides meet in a pre-World Cup one-day series from Wednesday. The seven-match tour has been spiced up by comments from England captain Alastair Cook that his team will try to exact revenge for the Test and one-day defeats at home.
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* Hughes hospitalised after blow to head

Nov 25 (ESPNCI) Phillip Hughes has been taken to hospital after a sickening blow to the head left him motionless on the SCG pitch on day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia. Three ambulances and a medivac helicopter attended to 25-year-old Hughes after he was struck midway through the day. Play was suspended when he left the field and then abandoned after he was conveyed to St Vincent's Hospital by ambulance.
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* We can forget India - Atapattu

Nov 24 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka head coach Marvan Atapattu is confident his team will be able to put aside the 5-0 defeat they suffered in India and bounce back in the seven-match ODI series against England. The whitewash in India was just Sri Lanka's third loss in their last ten series and Atapattu insisted the trip was not as bad as the scoreline suggests.
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* Kandamby recalled as Sri Lanka ring changes

Nov 24 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka have named a substantially changed ODI squad for the first three games against England, jettisoning several ODI regulars in favour of players who had not been part of the limited-overs sides in the past year. Sri Lanka will effectively field a new-look attack against England, but the most left-field selection is that of a batsman. Thilina Kandamby, 32, has not played and ODI since 2011, but will now be considered for a middle-order spot ahead of the World Cup.
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* Thirimanne set for middle order role

Nov 25 (ESPNCI) Lahiru Thirimanne, Sri Lanka vice-captain, suggested he would continue to bat in the lower middle order until the World Cup, despite having tasted his greatest successes higher up. Thirimanne struck two centuries opening the innings in this year's Asia Cup - for which he received a Player of the Tournament award - but he has been more often seen at No. 5 or lower, as Sri Lanka seek support for Angelo Mathews towards the end of a one-day innings.
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* Both England and Sri Lanka need to rebuild

Nov 25 (ESPNCI) There must be some miscommunication somewhere. Each year, Sri Lanka line up a tour around November, and almost invariably, the series is so beset by rain that most matches go unfinished, and the remaining games advantage the chasing side. With four such tours having taken place in the last five years now, the only viable solution is clear:
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* Senanayake retested in Chennai

Nov 24 (ESPNCI) Banned offspinner Sachithra Senanayake underwent an official retest of his action in Chennai on Sunday, with the results expected within the next two weeks, Sri Lanka Cricket has said. The retest is the culmination of months of remedial work, which Senanayake has carried out under the supervision of both human movement specialist Daryl Foster, as well as with local coaches.
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* Australia regains number-one ODI ranking

Nov 24 (ICC) Four-time world champion Australia has returned to the top of the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings after defeating South Africa 4-1 in the five-match ODI series, which concluded in Sydney on Sunday. George Bailey’s side had started the series in third position on 114 ratings points and has finished on equal points with India on 117 ratings points. However, when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, Australia is just 0.2 clear of India and five ratings points clear of South Africa, which has dropped one place to third.
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