England bowler James Anderson will undergo tests on a knee injury sustained playing for Lancashire but coach Glen Chapple is confident there is "no proper damage".

Anderson was hit on the left knee by the ball after bowling a delivery to Hampshire's James Fuller during Sunday's Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final at Southampton.

England's record wicket-taker grimaced in pain but initially tried to complete his over only to pull out at the end of his run-up then leave the field of play.

Anderson, however, is expected to be fit to lead Joe Root's attack in the first Test of the 2019 Ashes against Australia on August 1 at Edgbaston. He is not involved in England's squad for the upcoming World Cup.

"Obviously it's a nasty blow on the inside of the knee, it's a painful area," Lancashire coach Chapple told BBC Sport. "I don't think we're certain but we're fairly confident it will just be a nasty bruise and it will settle down in a few days.

"First things first, he'll see the physio tomorrow morning [Monday] and he'll be able to tell. But as you saw, he walked off no problem and was nearly able to bowl.

"It is a bad spot and as soon as there's any swelling in there it's going to restrict movement and limit strength. I would imagine it will be very painful for a couple of days.

"A lot of us have had a blow in a similar area and it's just on the edge of the joint. I'm not an expert and can't be sure until things pan out, but I'm hopeful there's no proper damage."

Hampshire completed a four-wicket win to set up a Lord's clash with Somerset in the final.

Eoin Morgan lauded Jos Buttler for his "freakish" 55-ball knock that helped England to victory over Pakistan in the second one-day international.

England took a 1-0 series lead - the opener was rained off - as Buttler recorded his country's second-fastest ODI century in a 12-run win in Southampton.

Captain Morgan was at the other end for the entirety of Buttler's innings of 110 and, with the Cricket World Cup just weeks away, he was encouraged by his team-mate's impressive display.

"He's very good. He really is," Morgan said. "I was in prime position to see the whole innings and his freakish knocks seem to be getting closer and closer together.

"That's a great sign for us going forward. He seems to have a gear that not many of us have. I certainly don't have it.

"He always seems to time his run well, however long he has in. It's always open for discussion whether he should bat up the order, but he was the difference today."

Explaining his knack for producing match-turning performances, Buttler added: "Cricket has developed a lot in the last few years and everyone's trying to expand their range at the end of the innings.

"It's a huge part of the game trying to extend that last 15 overs. You start by building a partnership and the guys set a brilliant platform.

"Because we bat deep, that allows us to try to push on a bit earlier in the innings. It's just about trying to get as many as you can as fast as you can."

Jos Buttler scored England's second-fastest ODI century to fire them to a 12-run victory over Pakistan in the second match of the series at Southampton.

Buttler owns the record for England's quickest ton in the 50-over format having hitting a 46-ball hundred against the same opposition in 2015.

He came close to besting that in another devastating performance, which encompassed six fours and nine maximums, as Buttler put on a pivotal partnership of 162 for the fifth-wicket with captain Eoin Morgan (71 not out).

Buttler finished unbeaten on 110 as England closed on 373-3, a target that proved too big for Pakistan even with Fakhar Zaman's superb 138.

The tourists finished with 361-7 and fall 1-0 behind in the series after the opener was rained off earlier this week.

Jason Roy (87) and Jonny Bairstow (51) provided England with a great platform to work with, though their 115-run opening stand would have been curtailed had Bairstow not survived an lbw review.

Bairstow pulled to Fakhar, who made a superb catch at the square leg fence, the ball after reaching his 50 and Roy looped to mid-on after a rain delay checked England's momentum.

Joe Root went to Yasir Shah for 40 but Morgan and Buttler, who brought up his century with a booming shot over long-off, produced a scintillating finish to the innings, the final five overs going for 74.

Pakistan's innings never hit the same heights but 92 runs were on the board by the time Imam-ul-Haq (35) was caught and bowled by Moeen Ali.

Fakhar provided their main threat with 12 fours to go with four maximums, but he was caught behind by Buttler chasing a wide delivery and Pakistan's hopes were dented further when Babar Azam (51) followed five balls later.

Asif Ali (51) kept Pakistan in the hunt with stands of 41 and 49 with Haris Sohail and Sarfaraz Ahmed, but his departure in the 46th over to David Willey - who had dropped him earlier - sparked an excellent spell of death bowling from England. 

The last three overs featured two wickets and no boundaries, with Morgan and Buttler's late firepower ultimately proving the difference.

England's opening one-day international with Pakistan fell victim to the weather as play was abandoned at The Oval on Wednesday.

The contest was first reduced to 47 overs a side and later cut to 41 after a further delay, but another burst of rain made the outfield unfit for play.

In the 19 overs that Pakistan managed to bat after England won the toss, the tourists made 80-2.

It was not a total washout for England, with Jofra Archer demonstrating his threat in an aggressive spell with the ball that will further advance his claim for a spot at the World Cup.

Archer bowled 10 dot balls before accounting for Fakhar Zaman, with Babar Azam the other batsman to fall – Liam Plunkett claiming his wicket.

Imam-ul-Haq (42) and Haris Sohail (14) were the not-out batsmen, with the two sides set to try again on Saturday in Southampton.

England flanker James Haskell will retire at the end of the season, his club Northampton Saints have announced.

Haskell joined the Saints from Wasps last year but has endured an injury-plagued campaign, playing only four times and prompting a decision to call time on his career.

The 34-year-old has 77 England caps and played at the last two Rugby World Cups, while he also featured in the Top 14 and Super Rugby at club level.

He last represented England in March 2018, failing to build his form and fitness for a recall this term.

"I have loved every minute of my career in rugby and feel very privileged to have played with and against some exceptional players," Haskell said in a Northampton statement.

"Retiring is obviously a really difficult decision for me to make; professional rugby has been the centre of my life for such a long time now and, while it's weird to imagine living without it, I look to the future with huge excitement.

"I look back at my career and have been very lucky to have done most things there are to do in rugby. Sadly, I will never know what it's like to win a World Cup or represent the Barbarians."

England coach Eddie Jones described Haskell as "one of the game's great characters".

"When I look back at my time coaching James, it will always bring a smile to my face," he said. "It was a privilege to coach him, but also great fun. He's what I'd describe as a 'glue' player - someone who always tries to bring a squad together.

"His tour to Australia in 2016 sticks in my mind. He was absolutely outstanding on that tour, amazingly physical, uncompromising and just totally dominant.

"Despite injuries preventing him from achieving his goals this season, he should be remembered for a great career and as someone who never gave less than 100 per cent for club and country.

"Not only a superb player, but also one of the game's great characters; rugby will be poorer without the old fella."

Saints director of rugby Chris Boyd said: "James has had a tough time with injuries this season and not run out for Saints as often as he'd like but, despite that, he's had a huge impact here and is an invaluable member of the squad.

"He brings to the table a vast amount of experience and is a consummate professional not to mention a superb example for our younger players.

"He has been a wonderful servant to the English game and I've no doubt he'll be just as successful in his retirement."

Alex Hales returned to action for Nottinghamshire with a solid knock of 36 against Northamptonshire in the One-Day Cup on Monday.

England opener Hales was cut from his country's Cricket World Cup squad after serving a suspension for what his spokesperson described as an "off-field incident".

Notts said Hales had fallen "way short" of the behaviour expected of him, while England captain Eoin Morgan explained his deselection had come as a result of a "complete breakdown in trust".

But his absence from the England team means the batsman is available for county action and he was expected to face Durham last week before the match was rained off.

Hales instead came back against Northamptonshire and made 36 from 43 - including six boundaries - until he was bowled by Luke Procter, leaving Notts on 74-4 chasing 326.

Sussex opening batsman Phil Salt has been drafted into the England squad for Sunday's Twenty20 against Pakistan in Cardiff after Dawid Malan withdrew through injury.

The uncapped Salt, 22, has been rewarded for his fine form in last year's T20 Blast, when he scored 355 runs during Sussex's run to the final, while he also made his maiden List A century in the One-Day Cup last month.

Salt, who has only played in 35 T20s, joins Sussex team-mates Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan in England's 13-man squad.

Malan will not be available for the one-off T20 against Pakistan having sustained a groin injury in the four-wicket ODI win over Ireland on Friday.

England marked Jofra Archer's international debut with an unconvincing ODI win over Ireland as Ben Foakes' half-century helped them avoid a shock defeat. 

Rain delayed the start of play at Malahide and saw the match reduced to 45 overs a side, but when proceedings did get underway it appeared poised to be a procession for the visitors. 

All-rounder Archer, left out of England's preliminary World Cup squad, stated his case to force his way in before May 23 with a maiden international wicket but was outshone by Liam Plunkett (4-35) and Tom Curran (3-35) with the ball. 

Their efforts saw Ireland bowled out for 198 and, although England at one point appeared in danger of a humiliating defeat at 66-5, Foakes (61 not out) and Curran (47 no) led the recovery and sealed a four-wicket win. 

William Porterfield and Paul Stirling initially coped well on a difficult pitch in overcast conditions but the latter's exit, which saw him chip Plunkett to a diving Archer at mid-on, opened the floodgates. 

The next three wickets fell for just 22 runs - Kevin O'Brien dismissed thanks to a superb diving catch from Joe Denly - with Andy Balbirnie cleverly stumped by Foakes after he and Gary Wilson steadied the ship. 

Mark Adair provided some resistance with 32 off 30 but became Archer's first international scalp to a scything yorker, the tail falling in short order thereafter. 

Yet some spectacular work in the field gave Ireland hope. George Dockrell's magnificent catch at midwicket saw the end of James Vince for 18 as Little shone, dismissing Eoin Morgan (0) and Dawid Malan (24) after Joe Root went to Tim Murtagh for seven. 

Denly toe-ended former England seamer Boyd Rankin to short midwicket to leave them in deep trouble and David Willey's exit gave Little a fourth wicket. 

However, Foakes and Curran ensured Ireland's hopes of an upset would be frustrated thanks to an unbeaten 98-run stand. 

ODI debutant Foakes began to gather steam in the 33rd over, in which he hit a six over fine leg and pierced the covers for four, but two overs later he was fortunate to survive an lbw appeal from Murtagh. 

Replays confirmed Foakes would have been out had Ireland reviewed – the ball shown to hitting the top of leg stump - but from there he and Curran were never in danger and steered England to victory with 18 balls to spare. 

Munster have banned the supporter who confronted Billy Vunipola on the pitch after their European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens at the Ricoh Arena from all home matches. 

England number eight Vunipola was approached by the spectator, who was wearing a Munster jersey, following Sarries' 32-16 victory on April 20. 

The incident came at the end of a week that saw Vunipola given a formal warning by the RFU after he offered a defence of Israel Folau's controversial social media post, in which the Australia and Waratahs back shared an image that said "hell awaits" homosexuals. 

The fan – who has already been banned from the Ricoh Arena – was swiftly led away by stewards but Vunipola claimed the incident was "quite scary" in an interview with the BBC. 

Munster have now confirmed the supporter will not be allowed to attend home fixtures. 

A club statement read: "Following further investigation into the incident involving a spectator entering the field of play at the Ricoh Arena, the province can confirm that a decision has been made to prohibit the supporter from attending matches at Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park, in addition to the ban from the Ricoh Arena. 

"The province wishes to reiterate it does not condone the entry of any spectator onto the field of play. 

"While it was hugely disappointing to see a supporter breach the stadium regulations, the behaviour of this one individual is not reflective of our supporters." 

Alex Hales' deselection from all England squads ahead of the World Cup came as a result of a "complete breakdown in trust", captain Eoin Morgan has said.

The opening batsman recently served a reported 21-day suspension for what his spokesman described as an "off-field incident".

On Monday he was withdrawn from England's preliminary World Cup squad, as well as the groups for the one-day international against Ireland on Friday and the ODI series and T20 against Pakistan, by director of England cricket Ashley Giles.

Ahead of the meeting with Ireland at Malahide, Morgan told BBC Sport: "Everybody in a senior players' meeting agreed that the best decision was for Alex to be deselected.

"We believe it is the right call, made considering everyone in the squad.

"We have worked extremely hard over the last 18 months to establish our culture and work towards values that everyone across all three formats could adhere to, respect and relate to.

"We have been at that stage for six or seven months. They are in place. There has been a complete disregard for those values.

"There has been a complete breakdown in trust between Alex and the team. Everybody in the senior players' meeting agreed that the best decision for the team and the culture moving forward was for Alex to be deselected.

"We don't make that final call. I communicated this to Ashley Giles and the decision was made. It's important now that Alex uses the support around him to try to turn things around."

Jofra Archer will make his England debut in Friday's ODI against Ireland in Dublin, Eoin Morgan has confirmed.

The Sussex all-rounder's international career has been the subject of intense speculation after he became eligible to play for England in March.

He was left out of their preliminary squad for this year's Cricket World Cup but could be called up before a deadline of May 23.

And, having also been selected for a five-match series with Pakistan, Archer will aim to make a strong first impression at Malahide.

"He obviously brings a lot of excitement, along with skill level," captain Morgan told Sky Sports News.

"He's been around for the last few years, I've played against him, he's bowled extremely well when I've played against him.

"He's delighted. I think his mum and dad are over [in Ireland]. Debuts are all about celebrating what's gone before and recognising the start of a new journey and for Jofra it's obviously really exciting."

Four years after suffering a serious car injury, Windies batsman Nicholas Pooran has high hopes of playing a big part for the team at this month’s ICC World Cup in England.

The 23-year-old Trinidad and Tobago native was named as part of a 15-man squad, which will travel to England determined to make a mark on the tournament in a few days’ time.  However, the position he now finds himself in is quite remarkable considering the fact that two years ago he was left to wonder if he would ever walk again.  After returning from training in Port of Spain, Pooran ruptured his left patellar tendon and fractured his ankle.  The injuries left the player sidelined for several months.

“West Indies has a lot of talented players like it has always had. Obviously, things are shaping well for the World Cup and we are looking forward to it. Hope I do a great job,” Pooran said.

“The conditions in England will obviously be colder. The one thing would be to (understand) the conditions and then adjusting (accordingly) to the longer format of the game. This is our job, and this is what we do day in and out, so we have to (realize) the situation and get ready for the World Cup.”

 

Warren Gatland has had no contact with England about taking over as coach after the World Cup.

The Wales boss will leave his post after the tournament in Japan, for which they are among the favourites to reach the latter stages.

Gatland revealed he has received numerous approaches from parties interested in appointing him when his World Cup duties are complete.

But he has had no communication with England, saying: "I haven't spoken to England at all.

"I think they were quite clear in what they were doing, in that they won't be making any appointments or talking to anyone until post-World Cup.

"I've had a number of approaches from different sources, so it's about making the right decision at the right time. I'm just weighing those things up.

"Really my whole focus is about the next seven months, Wales and the World Cup. I'm not too worried about whether I have a job or don't have a job and take a bit of a break.

"I'm a great believer in what will be will be, and something will potentially turn up."

England have added James Vince to their squad for the upcoming one-dayers against Pakistan.

The Hampshire batsman was already selected for the one-off 50-over international against Ireland on Friday but will now also remain with the squad for the five-match series with Pakistan that follows.

Vince has been in fine form for his county in the Royal London One-Day Cup this season, scoring 402 runs at an average of 80.40 in the competition.

His call-up comes after Alex Hales was withdrawn from all of England's squads - including their preliminary list for the Cricket World Cup - after reportedly serving a 21-day suspension for what his spokesman described as an "off-field incident".

Meanwhile, Ben Duckett and Dawid Malan have been drafted in for the ODI with Ireland in Malahide, as well as the solitary Twenty20 fixture against Pakistan, which takes place in Cardiff on Sunday.

However, batsman Jason Roy will not feature in either game due to a back spasm, while seamer Mark Wood has been withdrawn to allow him to play for Durham instead.

On Roy, the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement that the Surrey opener will "continue to receive treatment" before joining up with his team-mates ahead of the Pakistan series.

Alex Hales is set to miss the Cricket World Cup after he was axed from all England squads ahead of the international season.

The opening batsman was reportedly suspended for 21 days last week for what his spokesman described as an "off-field incident".

Hales was on Monday withdrawn from England's preliminary World Cup squad, as well as the one-day international against Ireland on Friday and the ODI series and T20 against Pakistan.

Director of England Cricket Ashley Giles made the decision "having considered what is in the best interests of the England team" but insisted it did not signal the end of Hales' international career.

He said: "We have thought long and hard about this decision. We have worked hard to create the right environment around the England team and need to consider what is in the best interests of the team, to ensure they are free from any distractions and able to focus on being successful on the pitch.

"I want to make it clear this is not the end of Alex's career as an England player.

"The ECB [England and Wales Cricket Board] and the PCA [Professional Cricketers' Association] will continue to aid Alex and work alongside his county club Nottinghamshire to give him the support he needs, to help him fulfil his potential as a professional cricketer."

Hales, 30, and Ben Stokes were last year given backdated bans and fined by the ECB for their part in an incident outside a nightclub in September 2017.

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