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Mahela Jayawardene back for fourth ODI while Alastair Cook is banned

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Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene, who opted to miss the third One Day International (ODI) earlier this week, is set to return to for the fourth match up against England on Sunday, the ECB reports

Sri Lanka slumped to a five-wicket loss in Hambontata, but still lead the series against England 2-1 going into the match at Colombo.

The second ODI, which was heavily affected by the severe downfall of rain in Hambontata, was resulted via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Third ODI shapes team news

Jayawardene's re-selection means that his replacement for the third ODI, Thiilina Kandamby, will drop out after getting out for a second ball duck in the second ODI, whereas Jayawardene has scored successive half centuries in the first two game - leading Sri Lanka to victory.

Other changes to the Sri Lankan line-up sees fast bowler Shaminda Ernaga dropped and return to the team for Suranga Lakmal and 23-year-old spinner, Lakshan Sandakan is set to be given his full international debut. Jayawardene's original replacement for the last ODI, Ashan Priyanjan is also included.

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Cook absent for the tourists

England on the other hand are going to be without under pressure skipper, Alastair Cook, who was given a one match ban following his slow over rate against the hosts in the third ODI.

The ban only came to the fore due to it being the second time there Cook has committed the offence in 12 months, but the ECB will likely be relieved it's an absence being served before the World Cup kicks off.

Along with the ban, the England batsmen will also be fined 20% of his match fee. Eoin Morgan will captain England in Cook's absence and will be under pressure to perform after a run of patchy form, but has the goods to deliver at this level at anything approaching his very best.

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