Cook likely to be named England ODI captain
London: England`s Test opener Alastair Cook is likely to be appointed as the One-day captain while Kevin Pietersen could take over as the Twenty20 skipper but is expected to face stiff competition from fast bowler Stuart Broad.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is expected to meet later Thursday and formally announce the ODI and Twenty20 captains, but Andrew Strauss, who led the side in the World Cup, may continue leading the side in Tests.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Strauss is reportedly set to stand down as the 50-over captain with suggestions that Cook, Test vice-captain, will take his place.
The daily also reported that veteran Paul Collingwood will give up the Twenty20 captaincy, just over three months after he announced Test retirement.
Strauss`s decision to hand over the captaincy would not be unexpected after both he and team director Andy Flower said after the World Cup that they would review the 34-year-old opener`s role in the 50-over side.
Cook was the stand-out batsmen during the historic Ashes success, when he scored 766 runs, but not included for the subsequent one-day series against Australia or the World Cup. In fact, the 26-year-old Cook has made just three ODI appearances in the past two and a half years, all of which were made on last year`s tour of Bangladesh when Strauss was rested.
Cook was trusted with the captaincy in those games and won all three while also averaging 52 at the top of the order.