England puts Lanka to bat; Gough replaces Giles

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2002, 1:37 [IST]
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Leeds: England won the toss and elected to field in its rain-affected triangular series One-day International at Headingley on Tuesday.

Fast bowler Darren Gough was recalled to the England side in front of his home crowd. He has not played a senior match in the English season since sustaining a right knee injury during England's final One-day International away to New Zealand in February. Gough has broken down twice since having a knee operation in March but did bowl 10 overs for Yorkshire's second team on Friday. England omitted spinner Ashley Giles from the team beaten by India by six wickets at Lord's on Saturday.

Sri Lanka too was beaten by India, at The Oval, on Sunday and has made two changes from that side. Kumar Sangakkara is recalled in place of Naveed Nawaz but is expected to play as an outfielder with Romesh Kaluwitharana set to be behind the stumps. Meanwhile, Avishka Gunawardene comes in for his first match of the series, replacing seamer Buddika Fernando. After rain delayed the scheduled 09:45GMT start, the umpires finally gave the go-ahead for a 32 overs per side, rather than the usual 50, at 13:00GMT. The interval between innings has consequently been shortened to 10 minutes.

The teams: England: Nasser Hussain (captain), Marcus Trescothick, Nick Knight, Graham Thorpe, Alec Stewart (wicket-keeper), Ronnie Irani, Andrew Flintoff, Paul Collingwood, Darren Gough, James Kirtley and Matthew Hoggard.

Sri Lanka:Sanath Jayasuriya (captain), Romesh Kaluwitharana (wicket-keeper), Marvan Atapattu, Mahela Jayawardene, Russel Arnold, Avishka Gunawardene, Upul Chandana, Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Zoysa, Kumar Sangakkara and Dilhara Fernando.

Umpires: Steve Bucknor (West Indies), Neil Mallender (England).

Third umpire: Peter Willey (England).

Match referee: Mike Procter (South Africa).

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