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Alastair Cook Suspended From Fourth ODI

Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook (left) has been suspended from Sunday's fourth ODI
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England captain Alastair Cook has been suspended from the fourth One-Day International against Sri Lanka after his side were guilty of a slow over-rate during the third match in Hambantota.

They were one over short of their target at the end of the match, which they won by five wickets, and as such Cook was fined 20 per cent of his match fee and his players 10 per cent.

And as this was Cook's second such offence in the last 12 months, he must now serve a ban, and will sit out Sunday's fourth match at the R Premadesa Stadium in Colombo.

Eoin Morgan will lead England in his absence.

Cook pleaded guilty to the offence which meant there was no requirement for an official hearing after he was charged by match officials Simon Fry, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Steve Davis and Raveendra Wimalasiri and the sanction was imposed by match referee David Boon.

Sri Lanka lead the seven-match series 2-1.

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