England aim for on-day international series victory against Sri Lanka at Lord's
England take on Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI at Lord's on Saturday aiming to seal a morale-boosting series victory.
Last Updated: 31/05/14 8:25am
The disastrous Ashes tour of Australia and the embarrassment of defeat to the Netherlands in the World Twenty20 left the national team at its lowest ebb in years.
England are 2-1 up in the five-match series and victory against the World Twenty20 champions will lift spirits considerably and give Peter Moores a winning start to his second reign as England head coach.
Spinner James Tredwell says the team is also desperate to ease the pressure on skipper Alastair Cook.
Cook drew heavy criticism after a tumultuous winter tour of Australia, which was followed by the decision to axe star batsman Kevin Pietersen from the international set-up.
"The captain always takes the brunt of the criticism doesn't he, so it's on all of us to take the pressure off him," Tredwell said.
"If we can knit together as a group and perform as a team it will make his job easier. He can do whatever he likes in terms of leading us in the way he sees fit - it's on us all and we recognise that fighting together as a team will stand us in good stead."
It has been a rollercoaster of a series so far. England won the opening game by 81 runs but were cut down to size in the second in Durham as they were thrashed by 157 runs and bowled out for 99 at Durham.
However Moores' side restored their series advantage with a comprehensive 10-wicket win at Old Trafford, skittling Sri Lanka for just 67.
Tredwell insists the scorecard is only one measure of progress under the new regime but admits a triumph over Sri Lanka would give the squad a considerable boost.
"With anything new you want to get off to a good start," Tredwell said. "To get over the line in this game and start off on a high note with this series would be huge for this group and justify the things we're trying to do within it.
"We've had that blip at Durham, we're putting things in place and we want to do things in a certain way.
"That's more of a reading of progress - if we're doing things outside of batting and bowling - that gives us a decent reading of how we're doing as a unit.
"If it doesn't quite come off at least you're trying to do it in the right way - that's more telling than the 'bowled out for 99' or whatever it may be."
Watch England take on Sri Lanka live on Sky Sports 2, with coverage from 10am on Saturday.