The England football team may have hit rock bottom, but the country’s cricket team is rolling, and will look to finish off Sri Lanka with a win in the fifth One Day International match of a five match series that, with one brief hiccup, England has dominated.
England crashed out of the European football championships last weekend, just as the England cricket squad met an ignominious end at the 2015 Cricket World Cup, upset by Bangladesh to exit at the group stage in what was considered at the time a low point for the country that invented the sport.
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— ICC (@ICC) July 1, 2016
But since then, England have rebuilt and reclaimed their place among the world’s top cricket countries, in all three formats of the game. The England comeback culminated at the T20 World Cup in March of this year when England powered all the way to the final and took a lead into the final over, only to suddenly collapse in heartbreaking fashion.
Still, the World T20 performance showed how far England cricket had progressed in the year since bowing out with a whimper in the 50-overs Cricket World Cup.
In their first action since the T20 World Cup final, England continued their resurgence, victimizing the visiting Sri Lanka team who have yet to win a game after three Test matches and three ODI showdowns.
England won the Test series 2-0 with one match drawn, and have already clinched the five-match ODI series with two wins, a tie, and a no-result due to rain.
Watch highlights of the fourth ODI in which England defeated Sri Lanka by a healthy six wickets with 11 balls remaining, in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the fifth and final England vs. Sri Lanka ODI cricket match, free and legally, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. First ball in the 50-overs contest is scheduled to be bowled at 10:30 a.m. British Summer Time at Sophia Gardens — also known as SWALEC Stadium — in Cardiff, Wales, on Saturday, July 2.
Fans in the United States can catch the live stream starting at 5:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 2:30 a.m. Pacific.
The England players are in high spirits during their current run of success, but their ultimate goal is to bring home trophies, like the one that narrowly eluded them at the World T20 in India earlier this year.
“It’s remarkable to see the lads do it consistently. It’s what you want to see, guys getting in and breaking records and with what we had to come in afterwards as well, it is quite frightening what we could be capable of,” said star England batsman Joe Root.
“But it’s about being consistent and doing it more and more. I suppose that’s our challenge. We’ve got all this excitement and flair, ability and potential, but it’s about winning big trophies, big series, if we’re going to be serious about contending for Champions Trophies and World Cups.”
— e-Cricket (@e_cricketnet) June 30, 2016
England stay busy after concluding the ODI series against Sri Lanka. The tour ends with a single T20 international on July 5, followed just nine days later by the opening of an eight week visit by Pakistan, starting with four Test matches, followed by five ODI matches and a lone T20.
After that, with just a one-month break, England travel to Bangladesh for three ODI matches and two Tests.
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There are two ways to watch a live stream of the England Vs. Sri Lanka Fifth and final ODI match in the five-match series, free and legally. The first option is ESPN3, the online-only service of ESPN, which will stream the entire ODI series, including the third match — at Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground in Cardiff, Wales — at this link. ESPN3 is free to subscribers of almost any major internet service provider and dozens of smaller ISPs. For a complete list, check this link, or try the instructions at this link if you do not have an account with an ISP that carries ESPN3.
The entire England Vs. Sri Lanka five-match ODI cricket series is also streamed live online by the international sports network One World Sports. The Sling TV international sports package includes One World Sports and costs a subscription fee of $10 per month. But the first month is free, and the subscription can be cancelled at any time. To access the Sling TV offer, visit this link.
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