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England wait on Cook fitness

England are waiting on the fitness of captain Alastair Cook ahead of the third Royal London one-day international against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

Cook missed the heavy defeat at the Emirates Durham ICG on Sunday with tightness in his groin, but he returned to training on Tuesday morning with his team-mates at Emirates Old Trafford.

He had a short fitness workout with England's training staff and then joined the rest of the squad, but no decision will be made about his availability until the morning of the game.

Alex Hales was brought into the squad as cover for Cook but it was Michael Carberry who eventually took his place - he was one of a number of batsmen to fail to reach double figures as England were dismissed for a paltry 99.

The hard-hitting Nottinghamshire opener could get his first chance outside the Twenty20 international sphere, in which he has impressed in recent months, and wil stay with the squad until a decision is made over selection for the final two matches.

Seamer James Anderson said: "We'll see how he is in the morning. He's practised today, so fingers crossed he will be okay.

"Obviously, we were very disappointed with an extremely lacklustre performance from us, especially after the first game when we thought we played well at The Oval.

"It was an extremely poor performance ... and what we've done today, and yesterday, is focus on how we're going to put it right on Wednesday.

"It was just one of those days where everything that could go wrong did. Certainly with the bat, we under-performed."

Man management

Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell, now on England's selection panel, feels Stuart Broad should give up playing Twerty20 cricket for his country to stay fit for Test and 50-over matches.

Broad is unavailable for the five-match series with Sri Lanka because of a knee injury but he did return to action for his county against Durham as he starts to build up his fitness.

"Stuart is a key man for Test cricket and one-day internationals, so in terms of managing his fitness I think we are going to have to look at Twenty20 for Stuart," Newell said.

"The last two or three years he has picked up a lot of little things and he would want to have played more cricket than he has.

"There is a lot of ODI cricket coming up and how you manage the workload for players like Stuart through the summer and as you prepare for the 50-over World Cup next February is something that will have to be looked at."