London: Eoin Morgan has been appointed as the vice-captain of the England Twenty20 side and is on standby to lead the team at Bristol on Saturday should Stuart Broad fail to recover from a heel injury in time.
His interview with the ECB recruitment panel took place via Skype early last month while he was on Indian Premier League duty with the Kolkata Knight Riders.
According to a daily, his talent with the bat has never been in doubt, but the team management are understood to have been impressed with his ideas about the game.
Morgan’s appointment is a bold investment in youth by the ECB.
Both captain and vice-captain are 24 and largely untested in leadership roles. Between them they will try to hone a squad capable of defending the World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka at the end of next summer.
Likewise, the 14-man ODI squad announced on Tuesday is the first step on the road to the World Cup in Australia in 2015, a tournament Flower has made clear is his No 1 target.
As expected there is no place in either for Paul Collingwood or Matt Prior and call-ups into both squads for Craig Kieswetter and Samit Patel.