Jonathan Joseph has been added to England's squad for the opening round of the Six Nations against Ireland.

The centre has not featured for his country since last year's tournament and missed nine months of action due to an ankle injury.

However, Joseph returned for club side Bath this weekend and the 27-year-old – who has scored more tries in Eddie Jones' tenure than any other England player – will travel to Portugal on Wednesday with the rest of the squad.

Joseph has 17 tries in 40 matches for England, who begin their Six Nations in Dublin on February 2.

India captain Virat Kohli made history with a clean sweep of three major ICC awards on Tuesday.

After enjoying an incredible 2018, Kohli was named the ICC Cricketer of the Year, Men's Test Player of the Year and ODI Player of the Year.

The 30-year-old becomes the first player to win all three top awards, while he was also named captain of the Test and ODI teams.

Kohli scored 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 in 13 Tests last year, while he managed 1,202 at an average of 133.55 in 14 ODIs.

"It feels amazing. It's a reward for all the hard work that you do throughout the calendar year. I feel really grateful and very, very happy with the team doing well at the same time as myself performing," he said.

"Having recognition at the global level from the ICC is something you feel proud of as a cricketer because you understand that there are many players playing the game.

"To be rewarded in this manner is obviously a very proud moment for me and something that gives you more motivation to keep repeating the same things because you have to keep the standard of cricket up and keep bringing in consistent performances.

"From that point of view, these awards give you that extra motivation."

South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada finished second to Kohli for the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy – awarded to the Cricketer of the Year – and for the Test prize.

Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan was runner-up for the ODI award.

Cricketer of the Year: Virat Kohli (India)
Test Player of the Year: Virat Kohli (India)
ODI Player of the Year: Virat Kohli (India)
Emerging Player of the Year: Rishabh Pant (India)
Women's Cricketer of the Year: Smriti Mandhana (India)
Women's T20I Cricketer of the Year: Alyssa Healy (Australia)
Test Team of the Year: Tom Latham (New Zealand), Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka), Virat Kohli (c) (India), Kane Williamson (New Zealand), Henry Nicholls (New Zealand), Rishabh Pant (wk) (India), Jason Holder (West Indies), Nathan Lyon (Australia), Jasprit Bumrah (India), Kagiso Rabada (South Africa), Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan).
ODI Team of the Year: Rohit Sharma (India), Jonny Bairstow (England), Virat Kohli (c) (India), Joe Root (England), Ross Taylor (New Zealand), Jos Buttler (wk) (England), Ben Stokes (England), Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh), Kuldeep Yadav (India), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Jasprit Bumrah (India).

Moeen Ali is ready to accept the responsibility of being England's leading spinner in Test cricket ahead of the series against West Indies, as the tourists consider their bowling options for the first game in Barbados.

Ireland will be without Tadhg Beirne for their Six Nations clashes with England and Scotland due to a knee injury.

Kurtis Patterson was rewarded for his two centuries against Sri Lanka by being added to Australia's Test squad for the upcoming series.

West Indies interim head coach Richard Pybus insists he is not letting the row regarding his appointment cloud his focus ahead of the Test series against England.

Eddie Jones has stoked the fires ahead of England's Six Nations opener against Ireland by claiming Jonny Sexton has "the bat phone to the referee".

Jones has never needed an invitation to start the mind games and it is not the first time the England head coach has had something to say about the World Rugby Player of the Year.

The Australian previously stated that Sexton's parents must be worried about his long-term health due to head injuries he had sustained back in 2016.

Jones has now suggested the playmaker has too much of an influence on officials as England prepare to start their campaign against defending champions Ireland in Dublin on February 2.

"Sexton is a reasonably big player who has the bat phone to the referee," said Jones.

"He is the only one allowed to pick up the red phone to talk to the referee.

"When he talks, the referee listens. That is because of his status in the game - you earn that, like Richie McCaw did."

Jones also revealed he used to deploy people to watch opponents train after Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted he has sent staff members to look at all of their Championship rivals in a 'Spygate' saga.

"Fifteen years ago we used to send people out in costumes to watch training," Jones said.

"I can remember sending a coach, who is now in a very senior position, in a costume to go and watch one team play and he got chased out of there. He was dressed up like a swagman, wearing one of those hats with corks.

"Now you don't need to do that because you see everything in the game. I have been coaching for 20 years and it has always been going on. If you want to do that you can do it.

"I can say with a hand on my heart we don't do it any more. We just don't see the value of it because we can glean most of the stuff from the games."

As he nears the end of his reign as head coach, Trevor Bayliss is welcoming the pressure of a World Cup and Ashes series on English soil.

The Australian was appointed to the role in May 2015, replacing Peter Moores, and has overseen a largely successful period during which the side has become the top-ranked team in ODI cricket.

Bayliss has confirmed he will not stay in the job beyond the end of his contract in September, by which time he hopes to have guided his adopted nation to World Cup glory for the first time.

After that tournament, which England will begin as favourites, Joe Root's men face Australia over five Tests as they look to reclaim the urn they lost in such devastating fashion courtesy of a 4-0 drubbing Down Under in 2017-18.

And Bayliss concedes he could hardly ask for a much greater challenge over the last few months of his tenure.

"It probably doesn't get any bigger," he said. "It's hard to pick between them. There's nothing like beating Australia in the Ashes, like we did in 2015, so hopefully we walk away with both trophies.

"Being in the space of six months and at home, that brings pressure in itself and that's what we have been working towards, playing under some pressure.

"The expectation you have yourself, that's the pressure - yes we have pressure because our expectation is to play good cricket and have a good chance of winning.

"When we get to the big stage it is out of our hands [as coaches], it's down to the guys to perform on the day. I don't think we could have done too much more."

Eddie Jones has suggested he could pick Jack Nowell at openside flanker and play nine forwards in an alternative approach ahead of England's Six Nations campaign. 

Mark Wood has been called up to the England Test squad for the series against West Indies as a replacement for fellow paceman Olly Stone.

Sri Lanka are hopeful Kusal Mendis will be fit for the first Test against Australia after suffering a finger injury on day one of their tour match in Hobart. 

The batsman felt the force at short leg when Jake Doran played a sweep shot to a Dilruwan Perera delivery during the second session of play. 

Kusal will go for a scan on the ring finger on his right hand on Friday, less than a week before the tourists start a two-match series against Australia at the Gabba. 

Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha said: "He can't hold the bat so hopefully in 24 hours' time we'll know more, 

"He was in quite a lot of pain but now he's okay after icing it a couple of times." 

Kurtis Patterson made 157 not out and Doran was unbeaten on 102 as a Cricket Australia XI declared on 316-5, with Sri Lanka 38 without loss at stumps in their opening tour match. 

Hathurusingha was concerned to see Sri Lanka bowl 12 front-foot no balls. 

"It's a big concern. We need to get that right because it's happened to us again," he said. 

"The spinners also bowled no-balls in the England series and we got, I think, three wickets off no-balls so it's a big concern. We need to get it right soon." 

 

Olly Stone will be sent home from England's tour of the West Indies after suffering a stress injury in his lower back.

Mike Brown is desperate for a recall to England's Six Nations squad with the Rugby World Cup on the horizon.

The full-back was dropped during the Test series defeat to South Africa in June and was overlooked by Eddie Jones for the November internationals.

Harlequins stalwart Brown is determined to add to his 72 caps and will discover on Thursday whether he has been selected by Jones.

"Obviously I'm massively disappointed not to be involved, because I'm desperate to play for England." the 33-year-old, speaking on behalf of Land Rover at an off-road driving event, told Omnisport.

"That desperation and commitment never changes, whether you have played loads of times, whether you're in, you're out.

"It's always been the same for me, that goal of playing for England and how much I want to do that. All the hard work that I try and do to achieve that doesn't change and that's no different at the moment.

"I'm out of the team, I just want to get to get back into the squad and put myself in the best possible situation and place for selection."

 

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Darren Bravo has been recalled to the West Indies squad for the first time since 2016, ahead of the first Test against England.

Bravo has not played Test cricket since 2016, after a post on his Twitter account called Cricket West Indies president Dave Cameron a "big idiot" in a dispute over a contract.

The 29-year-old returned to the ODI side in December and will make his 50th Test appearance in the opening clash with England in Bridgetown on January 23.

Bravo is joined by debutants John Campbell and Shamarh Brooks in the side, while Alzarri Joseph is also back in the fold.

Oshane Thomas has been called up as cover for Joseph, who is making his comeback from injury.

"After a difficult Test series in Bangladesh late last year the opportunity presents itself for our team to pick itself up," said chairman of selectors Courtney Browne. 

"Although a tough series against England is anticipated, home turf has always been a place where our team has made strides.

"With the return of Darren Bravo, who will add value to a batting department, we expect to see marked improvement.

"Young, exciting, fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, who was sidelined by injury, returns to the squad and Shamarh Brooks has been elevated for his solid first-class performances over the last three years.

"John Campbell the incumbent 'A' team opener, who has played first-class cricket for a number of years, will open the batting after a good first-class season in 2018."

 

West Indies squad: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican, Oshane Thomas (cover).

Leigh Halfpenny has been included in Wales' Six Nations squad and Thomas Young was also called up on Tuesday.

Halfpenny has not played since suffering concussion against Australia in November and is expected to miss at least the first two games of the competition.

The British and Irish Lions full-back was among the names in Warren Gatland's 39-man squad as he continues his recovery from his latest injury setback.

Young could make his Six Nations debut after he was given the nod along with fellow back-row Josh Turnbull.

Taulupe Faletau misses out after suffering another broken arm on his comeback from the same injury in Bath's win over Wasps last weekend, but Ross Moriarty, Rhys Patchell and Jake Ball were selected.

Jarrod Evans and Jonah Holmes, who made their international bows in November, were also in Gatland's squad.

Wales face France in Paris in the opening match of the tournament on February 1.

 

Wales squad:

Forwards: Rob Evans, Wyn Jones, Nicky Smith, Elliot Dee, Ryan Elias, Ken Owens, Leon Brown, Tomas Francis, Samson Lee, Dillon Lewis, Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Seb Davies, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones (captain), Ross Moriarty, Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric, Josh Turnbull, Aaron Wainwright, Thomas Young.

Backs: Aled Davies, Gareth Davies, Tomos Williams, Gareth Anscombe, Dan Biggar, Jarrod Evans, Rhys Patchell, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Owen Watkin, Scott Williams, Josh Adams, Hallam Amos, Steffan Evans, Leigh Halfpenny, Jonah Holmes, George North, Liam Williams.

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