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England captain Alastair Cook had admitted that he is still fuming after the national team were defeated 3-2 by Sri Lanka in the recently concluded ODI series.
Cook was also notably upset at Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews during the fifth ODI at Edgbaston as they got involved in a heated debate after England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Butler was Mankaded by Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake.
“Both teams will play hard cricket,” Cook said. “We have a responsibility to win the right way. A lot of people will be watching us and a lot of kids as well.
“What happened last week, I think at the time everyone was quite emotive about it but things have settled down and we’ve got to concentrate on our cricket. It was frustrating at the time and still is for what happened but he (Senanayake) was within his right to do it and the bottom line is that you can’t really argue with that.”
Cook also revealed that Gary Ballance would bat at number three, while Ian Bell, Joe Root and debutant Moeen Ali would make up the rest of the top six for the first Test at Lord’s.
“Gary will bat at three, Belly at four, Rooty at five and Mo (Moeen Ali) at six,” he said.
England are also likely to include uncapped Middlesex opener Sam Robson and pace bowler Chris Jordan in the Test side.
“It’s an exciting time,” Cook said. “Three new caps is a very exciting time and we have a lot of guys with not a lot of experience but then on the other side of the changing room you’ve got five or six guys who have played close to 100 Tests.
“It’s quite a big split but the last couple of days (training) have been brilliant.”