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Published:Wednesday | December 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Lankans take ODI series 5-2

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Sri Lanka thrashed England by 87 runs in the seventh and final one-day international to win the series 5-2 yesterday as Tillakaratne Dilshan starred with bat and ball, smashing his 18th hundred and snaring three wickets.

Electing to bat first, Sri Lanka posted 302-6 thanks to Dilshan's 101 off 124 deliveries, Dinesh Chandimal's unbeaten 55, and an aggressive 26-ball 54 from Thisara Perera.

England's reply started badly, with Moeen Ali out for a duck in the second over, and fellow opener and captain Alastair Cook dismissed for 32 at 51-3. Joe Root easily stood out with 80 in a lost cause, as England was bundled out for 215 in 45.5 overs.

The last England wicket, James Tredwell (17), was fittingly taken by Mahela Jayawardene, off a stumping by Kumar Sangakkara, in their last ODI at home.


Marsh brothers join forces for Australia

BRISBANE, Australia (AP):From an early age, Shaun and Mitchell Marsh got a sense of what it would be like to play Test cricket for Australia.

Their father, Geoff, played 50 Tests for Australia and then had a stint as national coach when Stephen and Mark Waugh, and current coach Darren Lehmann were part of the team.

When they walk out together today against India, Shaun and Mitchell Marsh will be the first brothers to play together in the baggy green caps since the Waugh twins last did it in 2002.

"When I played for Australia and coached Australia, my boys were in the dressing room running around and probably being a bit of a menace to people like (Lehmann) and the Waugh brothers," Geoff Marsh told the Australian Associated Press. "But then you see them growing up and you start to see they've got some talent.