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Published:Saturday | January 31, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Three-wicket win for England

PERTH, Australia (AP):

England beat India by three wickets in a one-day international cricket match at the WACA Ground yesterday, to qualify for the tri-series final against Australia:

England 201-7 in 46.5 overs (James Taylor 82, Jos Buttler 67; Stuart Binny 3-33, Mohit Sharma 2-36), def. India 200 in 48.1 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 73, Shikhar Dhawan 38, Mohammed Shami 25; Steve Finn 3-36, Moeen Ali 2-35, Chris Woakes 2-47, Stuart Broad 2-56) by three wickets.

English cricket shake-up continues


The shake-up at the top of English cricket continued yesterday when Colin Graves was nominated for chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Graves, who is the chairman of county Yorkshire, is set to be elected unopposed for the biggest job in the English game, as no other nominations were received by the governing body from England's first-class counties. He will replace Giles Clarke, who has had three terms in the position since 2007.

The ECB recently hired Tom Harrison as its new chief executive.

Since the Ashes whitewash to Australia at the end of 2013 and start of 2014, England has also seen team director Andy Flower and coaches Graham Gooch and Mushtaq Ahmed depart.

Chelsea striker Costa banned


Chelsea striker Diego Costa will miss today's crucial English Premier League game against title rival Manchester City after being handed a three-match ban for stamping on an opponent's leg.

The Spain international contested the English Football Association's decision to charge him with violent conduct for treading on the right ankle of Liverpool's Emre Can during the second leg of the League Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

The FA's independent commission upheld the charge yesterday and Costa, the Premier League's top scorer, will be suspended for Chelsea's next three league games - starting with the visit of second-place City to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea will pull eight points clear of City with a win.