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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.


Eddie Howe considered for England job - Wilkinson

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe. Credit: PA

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and several foreign contenders were considered for the England manager's job prior to Gareth Southgate being chosen, according to Howard Wilkinson.

The League Managers Association chairman was on a five-man panel that interviewed Southgate at Wembley on Monday.

After impressing in four games in interim charge following Sam Allardyce's departure, the appointment of former England Under-21 boss Southgate appeared inevitable.

But Wilkinson insisted it was not simply a coronation and that other managers, including 39-year-old Howe, were debated.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: "Eddie was considered. He fulfilled many of the criteria but at the end of the day Gareth was in place, he had many of the qualities and experience that was thought important.

"I'm sure Eddie's time will come. Foreign managers were considered but what was taken into account was what is the way forward."

Kruis returns to England pack for Argentina clash

Kruis is back in the England side. Credit: PA

England have named George Kruis and Tom Wood in their pack for Saturday's penultimate autumn international against Argentina at Twickenham.

Kruis is restored to the second row after completing his recovery from ankle surgery and replaces Joe Launchbury, who is serving a two-match ban for kicking an opponent in last weekend's 58-15 victory over Fiji.

Wood ousts Teimana Harrison at openside flanker, a role he performed in the series opener against South Africa with his Northampton team-mate dropping to the bench in place of Nathan Hughes.

In total there are four changes to starting XV that routed Fiji, with Mike Brown preferred to Alex Goode at full-back and Jonny May displacing Semesa Rokoduguni on the right wing.

"Selection was interesting this week, but it shows how competitive and how much depth we are developing," head coach Eddie Jones said.


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.

Fifa open disciplinary case against England and Scotland

Both sides wore poppy bands on their sleeves. Credit: PA

Fifa has announced it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association and Scottish Football Association for the wearing of poppies during last week's World Cup qualifier.

Players from both sides wore black armbands bearing poppies as England ran out 3-0 winners at Wembley.

Fifa's rules currently prohibit "political" statements on shirts.

"We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened on this matter," a Fifa spokesman said.

The FA has already said it will contest any fine and believes its ''legal position is right and our moral position is right''.

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