Confident England out to pile further misery on Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka will hope to restore some pride from a miserable tour of England with victory in the fifth and final one-day international in Cardiff on Saturday.

Angelo Mathews' side have failed to win a single match in England during the tour, their only triumphs coming in two ODIs against Ireland in Dublin.

Having struggled with the bat as they were beaten 2-0 in the Tests, they have already seen the ODI series slip out of their grasp after Jason Roy's stunning 162 at The Oval on Tuesday.

Roy's dominant display on his home ground ensured England had a 2-0 lead with one game to play, and meaning victory would be nothing more than a consolation for the tourists.

While Sri Lanka have flattered to deceive, England have performed particularly well with the bat as they successfully chased 286 in the opening tied match before Roy took centre stage.

His maiden ODI century gave Eoin Morgan's side a one-game lead in the 10-wicket rout at Edgbaston, and after the rain in Bristol he was leading the way again in the fourth encounter.

Having been set 306 to win, Roy hit 162 off 118 balls with 13 boundaries and three sixes to anchor a successful run chase, England coming home with six wickets in hand and 11 balls remaining.

Joe Root batted alongside Roy as they wrapped up the series, and he believes Roy's rise to prominence has epitomised the growing confidence within the entire England squad.

"At no stage chasing down 300 in 42 overs, did we think it wasn't a possibility," Root told a media conference ahead of the final ODI.

"That maturity is something that's come a long way in the last couple of years and it's going to have to keep improving if we want to be the best in the world.

"But it's really nice to know that if there are a couple of injuries, there are players who can come in without weakening the side."

And there will be no let-up in Cardiff according to Root, as England look to set themselves up for the upcoming home series against Pakistan.

He added: "We've played some really strong stuff, bar a six-over blip in our batting in the first game at Trent Bridge, and if we can continue winning and gaining momentum, that sets us up well for the rest of the summer."

Victory at Sophia Gardens would ensure England remain in fifth place in the ODI rankings, but a consolation win for Sri Lanka would see Morgan's men drop to sixth.