Sri Lanka vs New Zealand LIVE: Hosts bat first in must-win second T20I

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Sri Lanka are in action in the second T20 against New Zealand.

Sri Lanka are looking to bounce back against New Zealand as the two sides lock horns in the second T20I of the three-match series at Pallekele.

The hosts trail 0-1 currently after their five-wicket defeat in the series opener and have it all do against a New Zealand side who are missing Ross Taylor due to an injury.

Sri Lanka have elected to bat first after winning the toss and have made one change to their side with Lakshan Sandakan coming into the playing XI instead of Kasun Rajitha. Meanwhile, Tom Bruce has replaced the injured Taylor for the visitors.

Can the hosts fightback to level the series or will the Kiwis lay their hands on the trophy? Find out by following the ball-by-ball updates from the second T20I below.

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Ashes 2019: Tim Paine rejects Jofra Archer claims that Australia panicked in Headingley

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Paine addresses the media ahead of the Manchester Test.

Australia captain Tim Paine has hit back at Jofra Archer’s suggestion that Australia “panicked” during their dramatic defeat to England in the third Ashes Test at Headingley.

Paine’s side looked certain to clinch an Ashes-retaining victory, only for Ben Stokes’ unbeaten 135 and a last-wicket stand with Jack Leach to carry England to an improbable win.

The Australia captain came in for criticism for his approach to that partnership.

Paine admits he got his field placings wrong, but rejects claims that he and his side panicked.

When asked if that was the case, Paine replied: “No. Jofra is entitled to his opinion – he’s had plenty of those that’s for sure – but as I said, we made some mistakes. It happens. We have addressed it as a team.

“I was certainly one of those people who made mistakes. We move on and we are here ready for another great Test match.

“I would do some things differently with my field placings. As I said, the mistakes have been made. We have learnt from it.”

Australia have dropped number three Usman Khawaja for the fourth Test as Steve Smith returns to the side following the concussion he suffered during the second Test at Lord’s.

Smith’s replacement Marnus Labuschagne kept his place after scoring three successive half-centuries.

“Usman is obviously a key player in the side batting at number three and he hasn’t scored the runs that he or we would like,” Paine said.

“With Steve Smith coming back it was a tough decision to make on Usman.

“He has still got a lot of cricket left in him and has a very good Test record over his career. We expect him to bounce back pretty strongly.”

Paceman Mitchell Starc has also returned to the squad having been overlooked for the first three Tests, with James Pattinson dropping out.

“Mitchell is in the 12 so he is close. We will have another look at the wicket today, it looks pretty dry but hopefully it has got a bit of pace in it,” Paine added.

“Starcy bowled superbly last week at Derby. He has been working really hard on getting his length right and we were really impressed.

“We know what he can do to tail-end batters when he cranks it up. The boys have been calling him ‘the mop’ for a few years now. That is a thing that he does really well.

“He is a great option for us. We think this wicket might suit him and – if we make that call – we are sure he will do a great job.”

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Ashes 2019: Craig Overton replaces Chris Woakes as England name playing XI for fourth Test

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Craig Overton will feature in fourth Ashes Test.

England have made one change to their side for the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford, with Craig Overton coming into the team in place of Chris Woakes.

The Somerset paceman was drafted into the squad following confirmation that James Anderson would not be able to return in the series due to a calf injury and is brought straight into the team.

England captain Joe Root says Overton’s height was a deciding factor and also hopes his previous Ashes experience – during the last tour of Australia – will stand him in good stead.

“This ground does perform slightly differently with an extra bit of bounce and a taller bowler will give us an extra option to go to,” Root said.

“I feel like that balances out our attack really well in these conditions.

“Craig is a competitor. You saw him come into Ashes cricket on debut and straight away he looked very much at home. He got himself in a battle and I expect him to do that this week.

“I expect him to cause some issues for the Aussie batters.”

Root also confirmed the expected switch of positions for Joe Denly and Jason Roy, with the latter moving down to bat at number four after struggling as an opener in the series so far.

Root is confident Roy can make the number four position his own.

“Jason is a high-quality player, we all know that, and he might be better suited at four,” Root said.

“I think to play in an Ashes series is very exciting and he was extremely excited to get the chance to open the batting, but I think that he might be better suited for the middle order on the evidence we have seen over the last three games.

“It’s a great opportunity for him to make it his own and we have seen him play enough international cricket to know what he can do when he gets himself in, so hopefully batting lower down allows him to do that.

“Joe (Denly) has played some good cricket throughout the summer, he has got himself in and he was very good in that second innings (at Headingley).

“It’s a great opportunity for him to get us off to a good start with Rory (Burns).”

Steve Smith has returned to Australia’s squad after being forced to miss the Headingley Test following the concussion he suffered when hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer at Lord’s.

Root is looking forward to seeing the pair go head-to-head again.

“For everyone watching I’m sure it will be an exciting contest between two world-class players,” he added.

“What that Headingley win has done is make this a very special week this week and a great opportunity for us to build on what was a great win and carry that forward.

“I thought the way we performed in that second innings was more what we are about as a team and as a batting group.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to do that in the first innings this time around.”

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