Bayliss still eager for England to play attacking cricket

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne has a word with the youngest member of the Sri Lanka World Cup squad 21-year-old Avishka Fernando with Lahiru Thirimanne watching during practice at Headingley Leeds on Thursday

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But after their loss to Sri Lanka in their last game on Friday, Eoin Morgan and boys need to win two of their last three games against Australia, India and New Zealand. The No. 1-ranked ODI side in the world are now in danger of an early exit if they don't win at least two of their remaining three games, starting with the match against traditional rivals Australia at the Lord's on Tuesday (June 25). "This game should give them the confidence".

They are still fairly likely to make it through thanks to the number of wins - four - and their strong net run-rate. Sri Lanka, who won the match by 20 runs, have suddenly opened the tournament which was, in a way, meandering towards the predictable.

England's next match is against Australia at Lord's.

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At 170/5 in the 39th over, the game seemed pretty much in England's grasp, with Stokes and Moeen Ali at the crease. "The middle order was important once the openers got out and he did a good job", he said. Though their fourth encounter against Sri Lanka was abandoned due to bad weather conditions at Bristol County stadium.

The pair have received far friendlier receptions in their past three games, but Langer is well aware things will be different at Lord's. If they beat Afghanistan in Southampton, Bangladesh will move to seven points. One can state that even their most ardent fan would not have expected the Lankans to pull the rug from under the legs of the tournament favourites the way they did at Leeds. The best chance for Sri Lanka is to win all of their remaining games. After facing series of disappointment, Bangladesh finally bounced back in the game against West Indies squad at County Ground stadium. That would leave those two on eight points. England losing could lead to some fun scraps as West Indies and Sri Lanka still have to play each other, as do Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Coming in the 45th over, he flayed the attack for 32 off 10 balls - before he was run out he was in sight of breaking the record for the fastest one-day global fifty held by South Africa's AB de Villiers (16 balls).

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Despite amassing their highest one-day global total of 333 for eight last Thursday, Bangladesh suffered their third defeat of the tournament when they were beaten by 48 runs against Australia at Trent Bridge.

Off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva (3-32) and seamer Isuru Udana (2-41) offered good support but England could never really recover after Malinga had wrecked their top order.

When Sri Lanka announced their line up for WC19, there were many players who cricket fans had not heard about. Both have good shots of making it to nine points, if not 11. India have lost Shikhar Dhawan to injury but his replacement Lokesh Rahul alongside in-form Rohit Sharma have shown they can continue to build their innings from the top - having recorded 18 100-run stands for the first wicket since 2015.

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