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Ex-Yorkshire coach Gillespie takes up cover role at Kent

Jason Gillespie left Yorkshire at the end of the 2016 season. Credit: PA

Two-time County Championship-winning coach Jason Gillespie is to return to English domestic cricket with Kent - until Allan Donald gets his visa.

The former Australia seamer oversaw Yorkshire's back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015.

The 41-year-old said he "couldn't resist" the chance to serve as Kent's assistant coach while former South Africa fast bowler Donald is absent.

Gillespie will join in time for the start of the 2017 campaign on April 7 and is expected to serve for the early months of the new season.

Donald was appointed to the role two months ago but is still waiting international clearance for the permanent move to Canterbury.

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England hold nerve to beat India in final ODI

England exorcised their Kolkata demons by securing a nerve-shredding last-ball victory in the third one-day international against India, finally ending a winless winter in the country.

England had never won an ODI at Eden Gardens before and nine months ago saw the World Twenty20 slip from their grasp at the ground when West Indian Carlos Brathwaite clubbed Ben Stokes for four successive sixes in the final over.

Stokes stood tall in this five-run win, scoring an unbeaten 57 in England's 321 for eight then taking three for 63, including two fine overs at the death.

But the last visit was left to Chris Woakes this time and he successfully defended 16, closing the game out with three dots and a wicket.

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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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