England and Chelsea great Ashley Cole has linked up with his former team-mate Frank Lampard by joining Derby County until the end of the season.

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.

Gareth Southgate has spoken of the honour of managing England amid reports he is being considered as a long-term successor to Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is a "tremendous talent" who will continue to improve, according to England manager Gareth Southgate.

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.

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young does not expect injuries to Joe Launchbury, Nathan Hughes and Brad Shields to affect England's Six Nations campaign.

England coach Trevor Bayliss insists the team will be wary of the challenge posed by the Windies ahead of the upcoming series in the Caribbean.

The English, who sit a comfortable four spots above the Windies, at two, on the ICC Test ranking table, will start the series as heavy favourites based on current form and experience. 

The regional team heads back home on the back of a disappointing tour of Asia where they were handily defeated by India and Bangladesh.  In fact, the team is currently on a four-match losing streak.  Despite that fact, however, Bayliss does not expect the Caribbean unit to be pushovers.

"It's a bit of a different pressure but West Indies have had some decent results over the past 12 to 18 months," said Bayliss.

"They beat us in a Test match not all that long ago, so I'm sure that will be fresh in the minds.

If history is anything to go by, Bayliss’ caution is not without merit as the English have not won either of their past two Test series in the Caribbean and were only 2-1 winners against the Windies in the 2017 home series.

"I know full well that playing away from home against any Test nation is not easy. We'll have to play some good cricket to win.”

The first Test against West Indies gets under way in Barbados on Wednesday, with the second Test starting on 31 January and the third on 9 February.

The hurt of England's 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign still lingers among the squad four years on, according to Billy Vunipola.

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.

Co-captain Dylan Hartley has been left out of England's training squad for their Six Nations opener against Ireland as the hooker battles a knee injury.

Co-captain Dylan Hartley has been left out of England's training squad for their Six Nations opener against Ireland, as the hooker battles a knee injury.

Windies cricket analyst Fazeer Mohammed insists it would be difficult to argue against recently recalled batsman Darren Bravo’s spot in the squad, based on merit, due to the lack of quality options available to the regional selectors.

The 29-year old batsman has been called to the team ahead of the Test series against England, his first inclusion in a regional team for the game’s longest format in two years. 

Having been out of the game for an extended period, Bravo, who boasts a Test average of 40, would hardly have had a recent record of form to recommend him to the squad, having only played one match in the ongoing West Indies Championship. 

Following a disastrous tour of Asia, however, a board of selectors looking for changes and experience could hardly be expected to pass over the talented batsman.    

“He has justified it on reputation not performance, as far as first-class cricket is concerned,” Mohammed told the SportsMax Zone.

“If you use the yardstick of having played a lot of first-class cricket to confirm your spot it would be difficult as he has only played the one match for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force the previous weekend,” he added.

“The fact of the matter is that the cupboard is pretty much bare when it comes to West Indies cricket at the moment and therefore you would have expected changes following the embarrassment in India and Bangladesh.”

Bravo ran afoul of the regional body in 2016 after calling Cricket West Indies boss Dave Cameron a ‘big idiot’ in a tweet.

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

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