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Vaughan elects to field against Sri Lanka

Published: Thursday, April 5, 2007, 1:29 [IST]
 
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St John's, (Antigua&Barbuda):England captain Michael Vaughan won the toss and elected to field against Sri Lanka in the World Cup Super Eights match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium here Wednesday.

Sri Lanka were unchanged from the side that beat West Indies by 113 runs on Sunday and England went in with the same team that defeated Ireland by 48 runs on Friday although all-rounder Paul Collingwood's stiff neck on the morning of this match was a concern.

Sri Lanka, the 1996 champions, currently have four points to lie third in the Super Eights and England only two after losing to fellow qualifiers New Zealand in the group stage.

England will be looking to get at least one win from this match and Sunday's fixture here against world champions Australia as they bid to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1992.

Last year Sri Lanka beat hosts England 5-0 in a one-day series, culminating in an eight-wicket win at Headingley in July where openers Upul Tharanga (109) and Sanath Jayasuriya (152) shared a world record first-wicket stand of 286.

Ian Bell was the only England survivor from that match.

Squads:

England: Ed Joyce, Michael Vaughan (capt), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Paul Nixon (wk), Ravinder Bopara, Sajid Mahmood, James Anderson and Monty Panesar. Coach: Duncun Fletcher.

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Chamara Silva, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Russel Arnold, Dilhara Fernando, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga and Muttiah Muralitharan. Coach: Dav Whatmore.

Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZ), Asad Rauf (Pak) and Third Umpire: Rudi Koertzen (RSA).

Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZ).

AFP

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