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Cook fined for slow over rate

Captain Alastair Cook has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee for England's slow over rate in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's.

Cook's team-mates have been fined 10 per cent after a total of 17 scheduled overs went unbowled, by both sides, leaving some pundits to suggest England might have gone 1-0 up in the series had they managed to get through their full allocation.

The tourists hung on at Lord's for the nerviest of stalemates with nine wickets down on the final day.

Match referee Andy Pycroft ruled England did not bowl as many overs as they should but took into account the mitigation of time allowances for interruptions in play beyond the control of captain or players.

England chose to name an unchanged squad for the second Test against the Sri Lankans at Headingley.

That meant Cook and coach Peter Moores kept faith with the same line-up whcih came close to a morale-boosting victory, while Chris Woakes, who did not play in the opener of the two-Test series, remained in the squad and could feature in Leeds if required on Friday.

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