England v Sri Lanka: Alastair Cook laments ‘disappointing’ end to series
England v Sri Lanka: Captain Alastair Cook reflects on a "disappointing end" to the one-day international series
Alastair Cook was left to rue a poor England batting performance after Sri Lanka won the one-day international series with victory at Edgbaston.
Cook was the hosts’s top-scorer as he showed signs of unearthing some form with a knock of 56 but England were bowled out for 219 in 48.1 overs.
Sri Lanka were helped by half-centuries from Mahela Jayawardene and Lahiru Thirimanne before their skipper, Angelo Mathews, sealed the win with 10 balls to spare.
“We were 20 runs short today. It was a disappointing end to the series,” Cook told ecb.co.uk.
“I thought we were 20 runs too short and with the start we got we should have got more.
“Credit to Sri Lanka on that wicket – it really did suit them. It was a slow, turning wicket and they bowled well.”
Cook rued England’s inability to build on a promising start to their innings as Sri Lanka wrapped up a 3-2 series win on Tuesday night.
“That’s the difference between getting the extra 20-30 runs you need,” Cook added.
“I think most guys got double figures and you need an 80 and a couple of 40s on that wicket to do it.
“We thought 270 (was a good target) after the first bit so we went a bit high and that probably cost us.”