Cook banned for one match

Cook will not be allowed to play in the fourth ODI

Cook will not be allowed to play in the fourth ODI

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England captain Alastair Cook has been banned for one match for maintaining a slow over-rate during the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Hambantota.

Cook was banned since it is the second time he has been found guilty of an over-rate offence in the last 12 months. The last time he was warned for maintaining a slow over-rate was during the second ODI against India in Cardiff on August 27.

According to an International Cricket Council (ICC) release, Cook was also fined 20 per cent of his match fee and pleaded guilty to maintaining a slow over-rate for the second time, which means that there will be no need for a formal hearing.

In addition to this, all the other England players were docked 10 per cent of their match fees.

Since Cook will not be available for the next match, England head coach Peter Moores has confirmed that Eoin Morgan will take over as skipper.

“Eoin Morgan will captain the next game,” Moores said. “He’s a good player, crikey.

“He’ll have been through periods when he’s not quite hitting it (as he’d like). But he’s the sort of player we’re very excited about. The key is to believe in yourself, and go out and play – and Eoin will do that, I’m sure.”

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