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England allrounder Ben Stokes battled through cramps during his knock of 67 against Sri Lanka in a record defeat at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday.

Chasing 367, England slumped to 132/9 when rain stopped play with the visitors 219 runs behind the DLS par score. Stokes required multiple attentions from the team physio as he hobbled through his knock, literally batting on one leg.

Coach Trevor Bayliss said that the amount of workload Stokes carries since he is a regular across the formats, he has to stop pushing too hard during nets to avoid injuries.

Stokes, 27, is known to go full-throttle in practice sessions.

I think he is slowly starting to believe that he may not be able to go 100 per cent every single time and train a little bit smarter, especially in these types of conditions, Bayliss told Sky Sports. We’ve got a couple of days off now so that will give him a bit of time to recover. But we’ll have another chat about how much work he does.

Captain Eoin Morgan echoed his views saying the team will have to look inwards following their massive defeat in the final ODI of the five-match series which they won 3-1. We’ll have to break down everything from practice – did we do too much? Did we overcook ourselves? We might have been a little bit fatigued, I don’t know, he said.

Meanwhile Bayliss was critical of how England approached the dead rubber on Tuesday. They made three changes to the playing XI with Morgan being rested.

“We’ve got some hard work to do going forward. Our performance in the field, our attitude in the field, was nowhere near up-to-scratch for a number one team” the Australian said.