Friday, 21 November 2014 - 8:45
England give Moeen Ali opening chance against Sri Lanka A
Moeen Ali will open the batting with England captain Alastair Cook against Sri Lanka A in today's warm-up for the one-day series between the countries.
The batsman, who also bowls off-spin, is chosen ahead of Alex Hales who made his one-day international debut in last summer's series defeat by India.
Cook described it as an "incredibly hard" decision, and said: "We wanted to have another bowler in our top six.
Coach Peter Moores, who also confirmed that Ian Bell will bat at number three, added: "Alex has progressed quickly.