Jonny Bairstow has been ruled out of England’s final one-day international in Sri Lanka – but the tourists remain hot favourites to complete a 4-0 series win.
England clinched victory in the series by winning Saturday’s fourth ODI by 18 runs to open an unassailable 3-0 lead.
However, they will again be without Bairstow for Tuesday’s final game in Colombo after he injured his ankle playing football in training.
He has now also been ruled out of the sides’ Twenty20 international which takes place on Saturday.
The injury is to be closely assessed with Bairstow facing a battle to be fit for the three-match Test series which begins on November 6.
England are currently 2.75 outsiders to win the first Test. Despite Bairstow’s continued absence, England are 1.25 to win Tuesday’s one-day game with their hosts, largely outclassed so far, offered at 3.80.
Alex Hales replaced Bairstow at the weekend, joining Jason Roy to open the batting. He is 4.50 to top-score for England in the final ODI. Roy is the 4.33 favourite.
Series top-scorer and England captain Eoin Morgan, who has won the market in two of the four matches so far, can be backed at 6.00. Upal Tharanga tops the equivalent Sri Lanka market at 4.33.
Having already won the series, England have the scope to play some of their fringe players in the game if they want to look at other options with the World Cup now just over six months away.