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Alastair Cook to captain England ODI team in Sri Lanka

Alastair Cook will captain England on their one-day international tour of Sri Lanka, while James Taylor and Ravi Bopara have earned recalls.

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Cook's place in the ODI squad came under increasing scrutiny following England's poor performances in a recent 3-1 series defeat against India on home soil.

The selectors have kept faith with the opening batsman to lead his country in the seven-match series in Sri Lanka, which starts in November, as they attempt to build some momentum for next year's ICC World Cup.

Nottinghamshire batsman Taylor, who has two ODI caps to his name, has been rewarded for his fine form at county level with a place on the tour, while Bopara is also back in the 16-man squad after being overlooked for the series against India.

Gary Ballance has been left out and Stuart Broad will not travel with the squad as he continues to recover from knee surgery.

National selector James Whitaker said: "With the ICC Cricket World Cup less than five months away we are very aware that our one-day cricket needs to develop quickly if we are to arrive at the competition ready to compete with the very best sides in the world.

"This tour to Sri Lanka allows the players and management to focus fully on improving skills in limited-overs cricket ahead of final selection for the Cricket World Cup.

"While conditions in Australia and New Zealand will differ to those the squad experiences in Sri Lanka we can still make significant strides forward as a side during the series.

"Congratulations to James Taylor who has been rewarded for his outstanding form for Nottinghamshire this season and fully deserves another opportunity in the international arena.

"While Gary Ballance will, I'm sure, be disappointed to miss out on this tour he knows he remains a very important part of our plans."

A further 19 players have been selected for the England Performance Programme for training at Loughborough followed by a three-week training camp in Sri Lanka for spinners and batsmen, with fast bowlers heading to South Africa.

England squad for ODI tour of Sri Lanka: Alastair Cook [captain], Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.

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