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Three England cricketers fined for poor conduct

English cricket's culture has been called into question following recent high-profile disciplinary issues. Credit: PA

Jonny Bairstow, Liam Plunkett and Jake Ball have been given formal written warnings and fined for unprofessional conduct following an internal investigation into behaviour within the one-day squad, the governing body has also announced.

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England cast controversy aside to restrict West Indies to 288

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England set aside this week's controversial distractions to restrict West Indies to a stop-start 288 for six as they try to close out a 4-0 Royal London Series win at the Ageas Bowl.

In the final match of this country's longest cricket summer, Eoin Morgan's men could perhaps be forgiven for trudging to the finish line - especially after the arrest of Ben Stokes on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and his and Alex Hales' suspension by the England and Wales Cricket Board from all future international fixtures until further notice.

It was therefore to their credit that, after winning the toss in a match delayed by morning rain, they limited the tourists to under 300 on a good pitch despite Shai Hope's 72 from number three.

Chris Gayle took 15 balls to register his first run, a single to cover off Jake Ball, but he then briefly launched a remarkable sequence of hitting off the same bowler, registering five sixes in six balls spread over two overs.

England needed to get him quickly, and Tom Curran and Liam Plunkett had the answer with a brilliantly-disguised back-of-the-hand slower ball from the debutant and then an athletic pressure catch, running and diving back from mid-off.

Plunkett doubled up with another outstanding catch, this time off his own bowling as he got down low to hold a Kyle Hope straight-drive with his left hand.

A curiously unproductive partnership followed between Shai Hope and Marlon Samuels in which they managed a solitary boundary between them from 122 deliveries.

There was no pay-off from Samuels either, stumped on the charge at Moeen Ali, but Hope cashed in on two lives, dropped on 32 and 61 by Morgan and then Joe Root.

He finally hit his first four from his 78th ball and duly made it three in three - all to fine-leg off Curran, the second taking him past 50 - before eventually holing out on the cover boundary off Ball.

West Indies still had the resources to bag 115 runs in the last 12 overs to post a credible but far from daunting target.

Lewis inspires West Indies to 356 against England

Evin Lewis hit a stunning century before retiring injured. Credit: PA

Evin Lewis hit a sparkling century to guide West Indies to 356 for five in the fourth one-day international against England at The Oval.

Chris Woakes had rattled through the tourists' top order but then ran into Lewis whose initially patient, latterly explosive innings brought him a second ODI ton.

Only a thick inside edge, onto his own ankle, could stop the 25-year-old in his tracks as he departed retired hurt on a stretcher - to a standing ovation - for 176.

England, having put the tourists in, started like a team glad to get back out on the field with Woakes removing Chris Gayle with the fourth ball of the day Test skipper Joe Root taking the catch at first slip.

Woakes struck again in his second over, forcing an edge from Shai Hope, before trapping Marlon Samuels to leave the tourists 33 for three.

But Lewis and Jason Mohammed led the recovery, the latter benefiting from Eoin Morgan's failure to hold a fierce drive on nine.

When Mohammed departed for 46, cutting Adil Rashid to Jos Buttler, the pair had put on 117 for the fourth wicket.

West Indies skipper Jason Holder made 77, happy to play second fiddle as Lewis swatted 17 fours and seven sixes before his unfortunate departure.

Root equals record with half-century against West Indies

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England captain Joe Root equalled AB de Villiers' world record of half-centuries in 12 successive Tests after surviving an early drop on the first morning of the second Test against the West Indies.

Root offered a simple chance with just eight to his name but was dropped by Kieran Powell at slip and went on to pass 50 on his home ground of Headingley.

He had already set a new English record with his hundred at Edgbaston last week and now sits level with South Africa star De Villiers, continuing a consistent streak of scoring that dates back to the second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka last October.

Root's landmark left England 114 for four after the tourists turned in a much-improved performance with the ball to expose familiar top-order frailties.


England name Westley as Ballance replacement

Tom Westley has been drafted in to replace Ballance. Credit: PA

Essex batsman Tom Westley will replace the injured Gary Ballance in next week's third Investec Test against South Africa and could be joined in the England side by a second newcomer, Middlesex's Dawid Malan.

The pair have been called up in a 13-man squad to face the Proteas at the Kia Oval following the 340-run defeat at Trent Bridge but there is a familiar feeling of disappointment for Surrey's Mark Stoneman, with misfiring opener Keaton Jennings retained.

The selectors have taken the unusual step of confirming 28-year-old Westley's place in the side, and batting order, after Ballance was ruled out with a fractured finger, but Malan has no such promise and will go head to head with spin-bowling all-rounder Liam Dawson.

If head coach Trevor Bayliss and captain Joe Root decide a second slow-bowling option is necessary alongside Moeen Ali, Dawson will continue his unexpected stint in the team, with Malan on hand as an alternative option to bolster the batting.

Malan's county team-mate Toby Roland-Jones, a third uncapped squad member, will challenge Mark Wood for his place in the side, the latter having struggled for form in the series but been passed fit after a heel complaint.

England waiting on Broad heel injury

Broad was only able to bowl one over before leaving the field complaining of pain in the problem area. Credit: PA

England will find out later today whether Stuart Broad will be available for the first Test against South Africa after the fast bowler aggravated a long-standing injury to his left heel yesterday.

Broad was only able to bowl one over before leaving the field complaining of pain in the problem area as Nottinghamshire completed a comprehensive innings-and-280-run victory over Leicestershire in the Specsavers County Championship.

Press Association Sport understands the 30-year-old has undergone a scan and England should know whether he will be fit to face the Proteas later this afternoon.

Broad has been managing his left heel for a number of years and wears special bowling boots in an effort to prevent injury.

Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moores moved to allay fears over the paceman, saying: "Stuart had a bit of pain in his heel, he's had it for a while.

"If the situation had been different he could have pushed on through it, but there was no need to so he came off and we'll monitor it and look after him."

Broad is the latest bowling concern for England ahead of the start of the Test summer in two weeks' time, with Chris Woakes struggling with a side strain while James Anderson has only recently recovered from a groin injury.

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