Cricket – England: Cook waits on the weather

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England’s progress in ICC Champions Trophy might be stopped by unpredictable British weather, but Alistair Cook is trying to remain upbeat.

Having been in a strong position to qualify for the semi-finals, Cook’s men lost their second Group A match to Sri Lanka on Thursday.

The home side scored 293-7 when batting first at The Oval, but the experienced Sri Lankan top order made the England bowlers suffer.

Kumar Sangakkara smashed a superb century, whilst Nuwan Kulasekara also fired an unbeaten half-century to help Sri Lanka to a seven-wicket win.

The defeat means England now need to win against New Zealand on Saturday to stand a chance of reaching the semis, but the forecast does not look good.

Showers are predicted in Wales throughout Sunday and there is a concern of just how much play there will be possible, if any, in Cardiff.

Cook insisted: “I’ve just been told the forecast is not great but I’m not sure I’m too trusting of the British forecasts when it’s still three days out.”

It will be the seventh time the two sides have met in 50-over games in the last five months, with the teams level at three wins each.

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