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MCC set to introduce red cards to cricket

Threatening an umpire will result in a red card. Credit: PA

A red-card penalty is set to be introduced into the Laws of Cricket for the first time.

The MCC, custodian of the laws, will receive a recommendation from its world cricket committee to give umpires the power to send off a player in the most extreme cases of on-field breaches of discipline.

The move, which will apply to all levels of competition from Test to village green, is expected to come into effect as of next October.

It was announced in a press release issued by the world cricket committee on Wednesday, following its meeting in Mumbai.

Committee chairman Mike Brearley and colleagues including his fellow former Test captain Ricky Ponting made it clear that the introduction of a red-card system for "threatening an umpire, physically assaulting another player, umpire, official or spectator, or any other act of violence on the field of play" is specifically targeted at addressing increasingly poor standards of behaviour in recreational cricket, rather than at the professional level.

It will, however, apply in all international and professional domestic matches.

England collapse to lose second Test in India

England's batsmen didn't cope well with conditions in India in the second Test. Credit: PA

England's second Test fightback faded fast on the final day in Vizag as they descended to a 246-run defeat to go 1-0 down in the five-match series against India.

England began with eight wickets left to last three sessions but could get only as far as early afternoon before they were done in the dust, all out for 158 as Ravi Ashwin (three for 52) finished with eight wickets in the match.

Five fell before lunch, in an England collapse which eventually amounted to all 10 for 83 once Ashwin broke Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed's admirable opening stand on Sunday evening.

England's determination and skill over the past two days therefore came to nought, and they must contemplate how to restate their case and try to level the scores again in the third Test in Mohali at the end of this week.

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Yorkshire appoint Gale as new head coach

Andrew Gale was previously the county captain. Credit: PA

Andrew Gale has been named as the surprise choice to replace Jason Gillespie as first-team coach at Yorkshire after calling time on his playing career.

Yorkshire announced the 32-year-old will take the reins from Gillespie after ending a 12-year playing career to take the position on an initial three-year contract.

Gale, captain at Yorkshire since 2009, takes over after Gillespie announced his decision to leave the club at the end of the 2016 campaign having narrowly missed out on a third consecutive County Championship title on the final day of the season.

Lancashire opener Hameed to make England debut

Haseeb Hameed will make his debut. Credit: PA

Teenage opener Haseeb Hameed is set to make his England Test debut against India in Rajkot on Wednesday.

Captain Alastair Cook confirmed that the 19-year-old would become his latest opening partner at a press conference ahead of the first Test.

Ben Duckett, who partnered Cook during the recent 1-1 series draw against Bangladesh, is set to drop down to number four to make way for the young Lancashire batsman.

Has is going to open the batting and Ben is going to bat at four.

It's unfortunate for Gary (Ballance). In his six Test matches back, he hasn't quite scored the runs he would have liked to.

It has given someone else an opportunity and it's a very exciting day for a young guy who has impressed everyone so far on this trip.

You often wonder with a 19-year-old coming on tour whether he will be overawed by it - and he hasn't been at all.

– Alastair Cook

Bangladesh stretch England in second Test

Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid atoned for another England top-order shortfall before Bangladesh's batsmen hit back on another fluctuating day of this Test series.

After lurching to 69 for five and 144 for eight in response to Bangladesh's 220 all out, the tourists relied on a magnificent 99-run ninth-wicket stand between Woakes and Rashid to snatch a slender 24-run advantage at the halfway point of the second Test.

The deficit was easily wiped out thanks to Tamim Iqbal's early blitz while Imrul Kayes (59 not out) and Mahmudullah (47) kept the run-rate motoring along to steer Bangladesh into a decent position of 152 for three at the close in Dhaka.

Zafar Ansari took his first two Test wickets, including bowling Mahmudullah off the last ball of the day, but Bangladesh will begin Sunday with a handy 128-run advantage, and with seven wickets remaining.

  • Watch day two highlights on ITV4 at 6pm this evening

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England gain unlikely first-innings lead in Bangladesh

Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid put on a 99-run stand for the ninth wicket to give England an unlikely first-innings lead on another fluctuating day of this Test series.

At 144 for eight in response to Bangladesh's 220 all out, the tourists seemed to be facing a sizeable deficit in a low-scoring second and final Test in Dhaka.

But Woakes (46) and Rashid (44no) batted sensibly and took advantage of a fatiguing Bangladesh, who took their foot off the gas after lunch on the second day, as England were eventually all out for 244 to hold a potentially priceless 24-run advantage at tea.

In their second innings, Bangladesh had reached 65-0 before they lost two quick wickets.

  • Watch day two highlights on ITV4 at 6pm this evening

Moeen Ali takes five wickets as Bangladesh collapse

Moeen Ali was on form. Credit: PA

Moeen Ali took five for 57 as Bangladesh spectacularly imploded shortly after Tamim Iqbal's century on the opening day of the second Test against England on a day where 13 wickets fell in Dhaka.

Tamim brought up his eighth Test ton off 139 balls and his 104 in a 170-run stand with Mominul Haque (66) put the Tigers in command, only for Moeen to account for both batsmen and begin a slide which saw them lose their last nine wickets for 49 runs.

After reducing Bangladesh to 220 all out, England's top order were undone by spin on a heavily cracked pitch that offered sharp turn as the tourists ended a rain-shortened day on 50 for three.

  • Watch highlights on ITV4 at 6pm

Surrey spinner Ansari to make England debut

Zafar Ansari will play in the second Test. Credit: PA

Zafar Ansari will make his England Test debut against Bangladesh in Dhaka.

The slow left armer, who was left out of the opener in Chittagong despite taking four for 68 in the second warm-up game, will replace fellow spinner and Surrey team-mate Gareth Batty in the line-up.

England captain Alastair Cook also announced Steven Finn would replace the rested Stuart Broad, who was in line for his 100th Test at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

"Zafar's going to make his debut coming in for Gareth and Finny's coming in for Broady," Cook said at his pre-match press conference.

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