Sri Lanka v England: Alastair Cook back, Alex Hales set to miss out

Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook was banned for Sunday's fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka v England, fifth one-day international
Venue: Pallekele Date: Wednesday, 10 December Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

England captain Alastair Cook will return for the fifth one-day international against Sri Lanka.

Cook, who was banned for the fourth ODI defeat, is likely to return in place of Alex Hales, while off-spinner James Tredwell could come in for Ben Stokes.

At 3-1 down in the seven-match series, England must win in Pallekele to have a chance of overall victory.

Sri Lanka have called up Sachithra Senanayake after he was cleared to bowl again following a ban.

The off-spinner, who was suspended for an illegal bowling action, replaces left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who has a hamstring injury.

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Senanayake is well known to the England team.

He was the bowler when Jos Buttler was run out backing up - a dismissal sometimes referred to as 'Mankading' - in a one-day international at Edgbaston in June.

England, who are using the tour to prepare for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, omitted Tredwell for the third ODI, which they won by five wickets.

But they struggled without him during a six-wicket defeat in the fourth game, with all-rounder Stokes conceding 21 runs in two overs.

"We're trying to make sure that when we get to the World Cup, we've got the best side possible to win that tournament," England batsman Joe Root told BBC Sport.

In Cook's absence, Hales failed to make his mark at the top of the order by falling for a duck, while James Taylor, who took Cook's place in the team, made 90 batting at number three.

Despite England extending their poor form to nine defeats in their last 13 completed ODIs, Root believes the visitors can take some positives.

"The way we've approached our batting, the tempo at the top of the order especially, has been brilliant," he said.

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