Cook named England ODI skipper
London: In a major leadership reshuffle, opening batsman Alastair Cook was named England`s new ODI skipper and young paceman Stuart Broad was appointed Twenty20 captain.
Cook took over from Andrew Strauss, who has retired from ODI cricket while Broad replaced Paul Collingwood, who had led the national side to World Twenty20 title last year.
Strauss had quit ODI captaincy after the World Cup to concentrate on Test cricket and it left Andy Flower and the ECB with no choice but to go for a new captain.
Now England have three different captains for all three formats of the game.
Collingwood was keen to continue as T20 skipper but ECB opted for 24-year-old Broad.
Strauss, who played 127 ODIs and led the side in 62 of them during his two-year stint as captain, said, "We still have a long way to go if we`re to achieve our goal of winning ICC global events and I feel now is the right time for me to step aside and ensure someone else takes up that challenge.”
"Retiring from one-day cricket will also enable me to focus solely on the Test captaincy and our ongoing development in the Test arena as we also strive to be the top-ranked team in world cricket," he said.
"I look forward to working closely with both Alastair and Stuart as we work together to progress England`s development across all forms of the game."
26-year-old Cook had led England in both the Test and ODI in Bangladesh last year in Strauss` absence, and will reprise the role when England host Sri Lanka at the Kia Oval on June 28.
"Andrew Strauss has led the one-day team to continued success over the past two years and I`ll be looking to continue that progress as captain. I`m excited by the challenge of taking our 50-over cricket to new heights and I believe I can play an integral role with the bat as well as captain," Cook said.
Broad will make his debut as captain when he leads England against Sri Lanka in Bristol on June 25.
"It`s a huge privilege to be named England Twenty20 captain and form part of a leadership team that I`ve no doubt will work well together with a great deal of synergy.”
"I`ve always enjoyed playing the shortest form of the game and I relish the opportunity to develop my leadership skills as England`s Twenty20 captain.”
"As captain the chance to work closely with Andy Flower is an extremely exciting one and as current World Twenty20 champions I know there is a real responsibility to continue the team`s recent success," Broad said.
Collingwood, who captained England in 30 T20s and led them to World Twenty20 title, had retired from Test cricket following the Ashes earlier this year.
"It`s been a privilege to captain my country and I will look back fondly on my time as Twenty20 skipper. The highlight of my time as captain is clearly last year`s World Twenty20 title but there have been many achievements to be proud of."
Hugh Morris, managing director of England teams, said, "We believe Alastair has the ability and leadership attributes to successfully continue England`s progress in one-day cricket and we`re extremely excited by what the future holds for the ODI team under Alastair`s guidance.”
"Paul Collingwood has been a catalyst for England`s limited-overs success over a long period, no more so than in his role as Twenty20 captain most recently, and we thank him for the outstanding contribution he`s made as Twenty20 captain.”
"Stuart Broad has proven himself to be a match-winner in all forms of the game and I know he’ll relish the opportunity to further advance his leadership credentials while working closely with both Andrew and Alastair as an exciting leadership team spanning all forms of the game."
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