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England v West Indies: second one-day international – live!

12.02pm BST

That’s a straightforward decision given the weather forecast. England would have done the same.

11.59am BST

The weather forecast has improved in the last few hours, so there’s every chance we’ll start on time. The toss is imminent. Meantime, Australia have scrapped their way back into the game against India in Kolkata.

Related: India v Australia: second one-day international – live!

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County cricket: Middlesex v Lancashire, Surrey v Somerset and more – live!

10.29am BST

Two huge play and misses outside off in the first three balls of the day from Livi…

10.28am BST

Starting on time at Headingley, which is good. But not at the Ageas, because of bad light. I’m convinced Essex won’t lose that game.

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India v Australia: second one-day international – live!

  • Live updates from the match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata
  • Get in touch with Sam on email or via Twitter @sjjperry

9.10am BST

1st over: India 5-0 (Rahane 3, Sharma 2)

It’s Coulter-Nile from the other end, and he’s sporting a shaved head; very much in keeping with the late-90s, early 2000s style in these Asian parts. Whereas Cummins is whippy and all fast-arm action, Coulter-Nile bustles and muscles in, using girthy shoulders to propel a heavy ball down the wicket. On Sunday he bowled very full and searched for swing. Here he hits the wicket hard, back of a length, and tight enough to restrict Rahane and Sharma to a single each via glides to third man.

I totally love that Pat Cummins is now Australia’s fittest and most reliable fast bowler. #INDvAUS

9.05am BST

1st over: India 3-0 (Rahane 2, Sharma 1)

Cummins needs no loosener, the ball carrying through to Wade’s head from the off. Rahane brings the first roar of the day, moving onto his tippy toes to glide Cummins down to third man to bring the first run of the day. “He just wants to get to the other end,” says Brett Lee. Sharma finds a quick single to the on-side, before Cummins nearly beats the inside of Rahane’s bat – an inside edge coupled with rooted feet giving Cummins cause to throw his hands up in the air in exasperation. Rahane gets one for it all the same. Cummins always seems to start well.

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Andrew Strauss says Ian Botham ‘100% wrong’ over England selection panel

• Director of cricket defends ‘outstanding’ Mick Newell and Angus Fraser
• Durham chairman said selectors from counties create conflict of interest

Andrew Strauss has defended the make-up of his England selection panel and said Sir Ian Botham is “100% wrong” if he thinks the two county directors on the panel use their positions to help sign players.

Botham, the Durham chairman, questioned whether there was a conflict of interest after the all-rounder Paul Coughlin joined Nottinghamshire through a £20,000 buyout clause in his contract – a move that means he will play under Mick Newell, who both heads cricket operations at Trent Bridge and sits on the England panel.

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County cricket: Middlesex v Lancashire, Surrey v Somerset and more – live!

11.17am BST

Essex are nine down as Wagner goes first ball! Abbott on a hat-trick.

Any one know if Essex can be dragged into the relegation battle?

11.17am BST

Ryan McLaren finally gets off the mark this morning after 46 minutes. 38 consecutive dot balls for him since 6:11pm last night.

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Jonny Bairstow century guides England to routine ODI win over West Indies

• First ODI: West Indies 204-9; England 210-3
• Yorkshireman makes unbeaten 100 from 97 balls

Jonny Bairstow in his latest role as a one-day international opening batsman – and wizard boundary fielder – shepherded his side to the simplest of victories in the first match of the series. England cruised home by seven wickets on the nearest we are likely to come to a balmy Manchester evening at this time of year. Bairstow hit a fluent, unbeaten 100, his first ODI century, which means that it will take a while for the displaced Jason Roy to regain a place in England’s best team.

“It’s a long time since I made my debut at Cardiff [six years ago] so I’m really delighted,” said Bairstow, who must regard this as a landmark innings that is likely to forge a new career for him as an ODI player.

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Ian Botham calls for transfer system after Durham lose Paul Coughlin

• Former England captain questions ‘conflict of interests’ over Notts move
• Keaton Jennings could be the next to leave embattled North East club

Sir Ian Botham, the chairman of Durham, has angrily questioned conflicts of interest within the England selection panel and called for the introduction of a transfer system in cricket after seeing Paul Coughlin, a talented all-rounder, opt to leave the embattled club for Nottinghamshire.

In a pointed statement issued on Tuesday announcing Coughlin’s decision to leave for a three-year deal at Trent Bridge, Botham expressed his frustration at losing a home-grown player and, while not naming him directly, highlighted the fact that one of the draws of Nottinghamshire is that their director cricket, Mick Newell, is also on the national selection panel.

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England v West Indies: first ODI start further delayed – live!

1.49pm BST

Bumble is out there prodding at some parts of the outfield on which players had been doing some practice, and they do look quite churned. “It’s a bit damp,” he concedes, urging the non-shooting of messengers. Part of the problem, he says, is that Old Trafford has staged two big concerts here this summer, in aid of the Manchester bomb victims, which no one should begrudge, but it’s added to the strain on the surface.

John Starbuck weighs in with his first email of the day: “I blame the Old Trafford management,” he thunders. “You can understand them wanting to sweat their assets, as that’s what people are told to do these days, but there’s a category error here: you can’t mix international cricket and rock concerts at the same venue because the quality of the playing surface is all-important. High traffic areas are all very well for a rugby game, because the players expect to be slipping and sliding around – it’s part of the appeal. Not so for the Greatest Game.”

1.43pm BST

“Cricket speaks with forked tongue,” hisses Mike Hill: “ECB campaigns to ‘get the game on’ and at the same time says player safety is paramount. End result: glorious sunny day, wicket and square dry, bit of a damp outfield and no play. people wonder why cricket is dying sport.”

Though I suspect a fixture such as this, scheduled as it is, is something of a preacher to the converted. Won’t be many young fans at this one. Still, a decent crowd is in to spend money in the bars…

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County cricket: Middlesex v Lancashire, Surrey v Somerset and more – live!

12.26pm BST

50 for James Vince at the Ageas! Got to make it count now…

12.24pm BST

Five minutes til lunch here at Lord’s, and Simpson and Voges have dug in nicely. 75 for four.

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Durham council investigates collapsed stand at England T20 match

• Durham county council confirms inquiry into cause of accident
• Three injured and woman left with broken leg at Chester-le-Street

Durham County Council has confirmed it will investigate the cause of the partial collapse of a stand which left a female spectator with a broken leg at Chester-le-Street.

Related: Jonny Bairstow to open for England in first ODI match with West Indies

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Jonny Bairstow to open for England in first ODI match with West Indies

• Eoin Morgan: ‘This is an opportunity to make the opening position his’
• Captain confirms Bairstow will open with Alex Hales at Old Trafford

Jonny Bairstow will open for England in the first Royal London Series one-day international against West Indies at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Jason Roy will therefore not regain the position he lost to Bairstow in England’s Champions Trophy semi-final defeat to Pakistan in Cardiff three months ago.

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India v Australia: first one-day international – live!

  • Live updates from the first of the five-match series in Chennai
  • Get in touch with Sam on email or via Twitter @sjjperry

10.38am BST

19th over: India 80-4 (Jadhav 36, Dhoni 6)

Losing wickets and somehow increasing the run rate, it will be interesting to see how Dhoni plays this. He can essentially score from every ball, Dhoni, and so can Jhadav. Zampa gives one some air and Dhoni times an off drive beautifully before Cartwright dives superbly to cut off the boundary. He throws to the keepers end too, a move usually employed to amplify the sense of power accompanying your previous efforts. There’s three from the over.

10.34am BST

18th over: India 77-4 (Jadhav 35, Dhoni 4)

Cummins returns and is right on it, but for a streakily edged four past 1st slip and singles to bookend the over. There’s six from it. Feels like India are living dangerously for a team four down, but then again I might look up in half an hour and find them back on top and recovered. I don’t know.

Virat Kohli has batted six times against Australia in 2017 for 46 runs at an average of 7.66. #INDvAUS

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Alex Hales’ efforts not enough as England lose to West Indies in T20

• Only T20: West Indies 176-9; England 155
• Hales top scores with 43 but England fall 21 runs short

There could not possibly be another extraordinary climax approaching the incredible. Could there? Indeed there could not. The winners, however, were the same.

Defying a cold, dank autumnal night of the kind most of their team might never have experienced let alone played cricket in, West Indies defeated England by 21 runs in the solitary Twenty20 between the sides, Liam Plunkett’s dismissal sealing their victory. In terms of conditions or method, it was nothing like the World Twenty20 Final in Kolkata, when these teams last met in this format. Then West Indies needed 19 to win from the final over and acquired them in four balls with successive sixes.

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England v West Indies: T20 international – live!

7.12pm BST

9th over: West Indies 99-1 (Lewis 48, Samuels 8) Extra pace just keeping Samuels honest for now as he tries to give himself room to go through the off side. A slower ball allows Samuels to do just that: doesn’t move his feet, sways back and knocks it on the head past point and outside third man. Four. This stat somes up Lewis – picks up pace where others might dawdle…

Since 01/01/16 Lewis’ run rate after the Powerplay of 11.69 RPO is the highest of any player to have faced at least 200 balls. #ENGvWI

7.08pm BST

8th over: West Indies 93-1 (Lewis 47, Samuels 3) And here is Rashid. Starts with a wrong-un, which Samuels clatters into his own pad. Against Lewis, there’s good drift but too much, allowing the left-hander to swing down the ground, over wide mid off for four bits. Goes again in the same region… but gets enough on it for his third six!

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England leave home fans cold by resting Ben Stokes for West Indies T20

• Durham all-rounder rested for one-off international on home ground
• Carlos Brathwaite captains tourists at Riverside in World T20 final rematch

Sometimes, it is possible to think that England’s cricket power brokers are having a laugh at Durham. They give with one hand and take away with the other.

Related: From Anderson to Wood: grading every England player from the summer Tests

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County cricket live: Essex set to seal title plus Surrey v Yorkshire – live!

9.31am BST

Good morning. Today should be the day. Lancashire are in all sorts of trouble at Taunton, where there’s rain on the way. When they fail to win that game – which, surely, surely they won’t win – Essex will be the County Champions for the first time since 1992. To be honest, Essex better win because I have already written 1,000 words on them doing so.

So I’m Will Macpherson and I’m at the sun-drenched Oval to tell you about all that and more. Here, Surrey have Yorkshire following on. Will the pitch break up? Can they force a win? I don’t know if it mean anything, but Andy Hodd just scored a superb overhead kick in Yorkshire’s football match. There’s Div 1 action at Uxbridge too. It’s a tussle for points. Middlesex currently have none.

Related: Wily Ryan ten Doeschate paves way for glorious march of the Essex boys

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Wily Ryan ten Doeschate paves way for glorious march of the Essex boys

Captain has mined the local leagues to forge a team that have dominated the County Championship and put paid to the myth that little sides cannot compete

By finishing Warwickshire off quite so promptly, Essex were left with a few agonising hours to kill before their first Championship title in a quarter of century is expected to be confirmed. “I want to go home and chill out,” Ryan ten Doeschate, the captain, said. “But some of the youngsters are eyeing two days in Birmingham.” The cheering from the Edgbaston dressing room, rowdier with every wicket for Somerset’s spinners, hinted that the youngsters had won. They were all Cidermen for the day, in more ways than one.

Related: Essex complete victory at Warwickshire and await title deeds from Somerset

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Essex complete victory at Warwickshire and await title deeds from Somerset

• Essex 369-9; Warwickshire 201 & 112 (Essex won by an innings and 56 runs)
• Somerset 335; Lancashire 133 & 247-8 (Lancs lead by 45 with two wickets left)

It has barely been a title race, but it will at least last another day. Essex did their bit, thrashing Warwickshire – whose relegation is inevitable – by an innings for the second time this summer, but second-placed Lancashire would not lie down. Somerset need two more tail-end wickets and then there will be a chase, but it should not be vast: Lancashire’s lead stands at just 45.

Essex, as they have since June, had the look of champions at Edgbaston, and were mighty clinical in polishing off woeful Warwickshire. This was the fifth innings defeat of a sorry season; the rebuild has begun but has plenty of miles ahead.

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Essex complete victory at Warwickshire and await title deeds from Somerset

• Essex 369-9; Warwickshire 201 & 112 (Essex won by an innings and 56 runs)
• Somerset 335; Lancashire 133 & 247-8 (Lancs lead by 45 with two wickets left)

It has barely been a title race, but it will at least last another day. Essex did their bit, thrashing Warwickshire – whose relegation is inevitable – by an innings for the second time this summer, but second-placed Lancashire would not lie down. Somerset need two more tail-end wickets and then there will be a chase, but it should not be vast: Lancashire’s lead stands at just 45.

Essex, as they have since June, had the look of champions at Edgbaston, and were mighty clinical in polishing off woeful Warwickshire. This was the fifth innings defeat of a sorry season; the rebuild has begun but has plenty of miles ahead.

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County cricket: Essex close on title at Warwickshire, and more – live!

10.49am BST

Rob Mason describes himself as “yet another Essex fan…”

“Loving the recent work of two 24-year-olds from North East London: Jamie Porter and Harry Kane,” he writes.

10.48am BST

A lesser spotted wicket at the Oval!

Freddie van den Bergh has two, Marsh gone, stumped. 181 for two, and a long way to go to avoid the follow-on.

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