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Nasser Hussain described Alex Hales as the find of the series after the opener scored three fifties across Englands 2-0 triumph over Sri Lanka. Hales responded from a tough winter series in South Africa in which he scored 136 runs at an average of 17 by notching 86 at Headingley, 83 in Durham and 94 at Lords.Hussain feels the Nottinghamshire star has now cemented his place, while the Sky Cricket expert also saluted Englands man of the series, Jonny Bairstow, who followed a maiden Test ton in Cape Town with two centuries against Sri Lanka. Alex Hales scored 292 runs at 58.40 against Sri Lanka Hales is the find of the series, said Hussain. There were questions after South Africa of whether he could do it in an England shirt and while he may not have got a hundred he has proved he is a Test playerWe had a feeling Bairstow was maturing but he proved he is a serious player who didnt just have a one-off series in South Africa.I think that not only is he very talented but that he is also quite strong mentally and determined to improve and prove people wrong. Englands Man of the Series Jonny Bairstow told Michael Atherton that he wanted to prove his doubters wrong Hales and Bairstows success was not mirrored by Nick Compton, who seems set to be jettisoned for the series against Pakistan later this summer following a return of 51 runs at 12.75.Hussain reckons Durhams Scott Borthwick, who has scored 574 first-class runs at 82 in 2016 and over 1,000 runs in each of the past three campaigns, will earn a call-up.Compton seems to implode when things dont quite go his way, so England will be looking for someone in that pivotal No 3 position, said Hussain. Dean Wilson of The Mirror and Lawrence Booth of the Daily Mail discuss the future of Nick Compton and who could replace him for the Pakistan series The selectors will be looking at historical averages, who players are getting their runs against, where they are getting them, and how important the runs are.I feel Borthwick will come in - the only way James Vince might go up there is if they bring in Jos Buttler as wicketkeeper and play Bairstow as a batsman.England and Sri Lanka will now square off in a five-match ODI series, contests Bairstow could figure in after being brought back into the limited-overs fold for the first time since last summer. England are a good side with some very exciting players, added Hussain. They play super, modern white-ball cricket under Eoin Morgan.Sri Lanka are a better white-ball side but they have lost Tillakaratne Dilshan [due to personal reasons] for this series, while Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena are gone, so I strongly fancy England.Watch England and Sri Lankas five-match ODI series live on Sky Sports, starting with the opening match, at Trent Bridge, from 1.30pm on Tuesday, June 21. Also See: Rain denies England whitewash England call for Mills, Malan Five Things: Lords Live cricket on Sky . I kind of got a taste of being able to pick a suit with the draft lottery, I went with the bow tie. . -- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice tweeted an apparent goodbye after a report about his pending release. . And, just for good measure, lets say the lottery team finishes the game short-handed because two starters come down with the very same injury. . Re-signed by the club to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract on July 5, Bass appeared in three preseason games with Columbus prior to breaking a bone in his hand on Sept. . Kevin Durant certainly played like there was on Sunday night, scoring 36 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Thunder made quick work of the visiting Pacers with a 118-94 win. SEATTLE -- When Seattles Justin Smoak hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning Tuesday night, the Kansas City Royals chances for a win and perhaps a post-season appearance were in big trouble. Smoak hit an 0-2 fastball from Bruce Chen (8-4) for his career-matching 19th home run and the Mariners went on to a 4-0 victory, creating a bleak playoff picture for the Royals. Time is running out -- just five games remaining -- much distance needs to be covered and two teams need to be hurdled. The Royals three competitors for the two AL wild-card spots -- Tampa Bay, Texas and Cleveland -- all won Tuesday. The Royals, down four games in the loss column to Cleveland, need to win every game and hope that both the Indians and the Rangers completely collapse. "We just go till they say we cant win it," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "We go as hard as we can. Keep playing our best guys and staying after it." Mariners rookie left-hander James Paxton (3-0), making just his fourth major league start, worked a career-high seven innings, allowing four hits, walking none and striking out a career-high 10. "He looked real good. Big, tall kid, straight over the top, straight downhill action on all his pitches," Yost said. "Good fastball, I mean, over-powering fastball at times, got it up to 97, lot of life on it. But downhill pitches are tough to hit, especially fastballs. Good breaking stuff, good changeup, good curveball." Paxton said it didnt matter to him that the Royals had everything on the line. "I wasnt really paying attention to that. I was just focusing on executing pitches, one pitch at a time," he said. "It could be just the electricity. Being out there it just kind of raises your intensity up that much more. I think it helps me to get lock in." It was the 13th shutout for the Mariners and the ninth time the Royals have been shut out. Seattle touched Bruce Chen (8-4) for a run in the first when Brad Miller reached on an infield single followed by Abraham Almontes single to centre. Almonte has reached base in all his 18 games to start his career, 16 with a hit. With one out, Kendrys Morales singled to left, driving in Miller. Chen worked five innings, allowing seven hits and four runs. He walked three and struck out five. The Royals could not respond against Paxton. They put together two singles in the first innning but a double play eased him out of trouble.dddddddddddd He didnt allow more than one baserunner in any inning after that and at one point he retired 12 straight. "That guy has a good fastball, slider, change," Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar said. "He got a lot of balls down, run in on the black. Great job for him today. Hes sneaky." The Mariners blew the game open in the fifth with three runs -- all with two outs. Morales, who had three hits, doubled to deep centre. Franklin Gutierrez walked and Smoak hit a 0-2 fastball over the wall in left field. "I tried to go up with the fastball and he made good contact," Chen said. "I was ahead in the count. I did not pitch right down the middle. It wasnt a strike. I tried to go up the ladder and he would chase it and keep my team in the ball game. (But) he got it. "I was just trying to do everything I could to help this team win. At that point it was a 1-0 game. That Paxton did a real good job. It unfortunate because today was a really big game for us." Smoak has 19 home runs but it was just his second right-handed. The other was Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels. "I hit it. I dont know if I looked straight into the lights or whatever but I didnt know where it went," Smoak said. "To be able to barrel one up, knowing the work Ive put in the last couple weeks, it is starting to show." The Royals play one more game with Seattle on Wednesday night, then close the season at the Chicago White Sox. "Were not quitting. Were not giving up," Chen said. "As long as we got a chance were going to give it everything we can. Today was big game for us unfortunately. But thats not going to stop us tomorrow." NOTES: Mariners LHP Danny Hultzen, the second player taken in the 2011 draft, has a problem with his left shoulder and will see Dr. James Andrews on Monday. "Ed (team doctor Ed Khalfayan) saw him and, quite frankly, doesnt like what he sees," GM Jack Zduriencik said. "He saw some damage that he was unhappy with. Its in the shoulder but not in the rotator cuff, more tendon area, labrum." . The club confirmed Zduriencik will return in 2014. . The Royals need one more win to match their win total from 1993 (84-78). ... Royals 1B Eric Hosmer had two hits, his ninth multi-hit game in September. He leads the AL with 59. ' ' '
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