Manchester: Alastair Cook will be a satisfied man tonight after he guided England to a 3-2 series victory over Sri Lanka and also claimed the Man-of-the-Series award for his 298 runs. It was a notable achievement to beat the World Cup finalists after being 2-1 down and it was a series full of debate about England's one-day game. Here we look at six key areas.
A balancing act
England were adamant throughout the series that they only needed five main bowling options with the occasional bit of Kevin Pietersen thrown in. The one change they made in the five matches was to replace Stuart Broad with Samit Patel and it felt as though, ideally, Alastair Cook needed one more reliable option to ease the pressure. It would help if Pietersen took his bowling more seriously, but having Ian Bell at No. 6 as a specialist batsman who likes to build an innings was a waste. Within this debate is the role of Jonathan Trott and whether England should be flexible with their batting order. Trott's 72 at Old Trafford suggested the current top order can evolve, but the jury is still out. It would have been nice to see Patel given that middle-order role - longer-term the selectors need to decide about him - and having that sixth bowling option could prove invaluable on the subcontinent.
Winning when it's not swinging