Cook appointment confirmed

Strauss steps down; Broad handed T20 reins

By Joe Drabble.   Last Updated: 05/05/11 3:12pm

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England have confirmed the appointment of Alastair Cook as one-day captain after Andrew Strauss announced his retirement from limited-overs internationals.

Strauss, 34, will continue his duties as Test match captain, with Cook taking over as 50-over skipper with immediate effect.

As well as the appointment of Cook, Stuart Broad has been named as England's new Twenty20 captain as a successor to injured all-rounder Paul Collingwood.

Broad will be tasked with putting his own stamp on the team ahead of the 2012 Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.

"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. "
Alastair Cook Quotes of the week

Immense

The appointment of Cook as England's new one-day leader comes somewhat as a surprise following his omission from the World Cup squad which fell at the quarter-final stage earlier this year.

The 26-year-old opening batsman was not selected for the sub-continent showpiece despite an immense haul of 766 runs in their historic Ashes victory in Australia.

However, he has long been regarded as Strauss's likeliest successor in both forms of the game, and impressed in the role in Bangladesh 14 months ago, when he stood in for Strauss during his pre-Ashes break from touring.

Cook boasts a ODI record of 858 runs at an average of 33.00, with his one century against India coming at the Rose Bowl in 2007.

Speaking on his appointment, Cook said: "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.

"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. "
Andrew Strauss Quotes of the week

"I've worked hard on my limited overs cricket in recent times - I've never seen myself as a Test batsman exclusively and I know I have a lot to offer strategically and as a top order batsman in one-day cricket. I will continue to work closely with Andrew Strauss and also Stuart Broad as we form a leadership team across all forms of the game.

"We have the chance to work together and share ideas which will benefit our cricket in all three formats."

Strauss walks away from the one-day arena as England's sixth most capped player with 127 appearances.

Strauss, who has made six ODI centuries at an average of 35.63, was arguably England's best batsman at the World Cup, highlighted by his career-high 158 in the drawn match with eventual winners India.

In a statement, Strauss said: "I've enjoyed my time as England one-day captain immensely and I'm extremely proud of the strides we've made in limited overs cricket over the past two years.

"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.

Synergy

"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.

"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. Both Alastair and Stuart are proven world-class cricketers and both have outstanding leadership qualities which will ensure England's success for many years to come."

Broad will make his debut as captain when he leads England's Twenty20 side 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. "
Stuart Broad Quotes of the week

The Nottinghamshire seamer, who has also been named as vice-captain in the 50-over format, said: "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."

Collingwood, who led the 20-over side for two years and is currently nursing a knee injury, said: "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."

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