England news May 5, 2011

Cook and Broad new England captains

ESPNcricinfo staff

Alastair Cook has been named England's new one-day international captain and Stuart Broad has been handed the leadership of the Twenty20 side in a major shake-up of the limited-overs teams. Andrew Strauss announced his decision to stand down as ODI captain to focus on his Test career, while Paul Collingwood's run in the Twenty20 job is over as England look to the future.

It means that England will have a different captain for each format of the game. Cook has previously led the team on the tour to Bangladesh last year when Strauss was rested, but for Broad it is his first captaincy role at a senior level and he'll now be at the helm when England defend their Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka next year.

"It has never been tried before so I am excited by the opportunity it provides us with," Andy Flower, the England team director said of the three captains. "We don't know 100% whether it will work and be the most efficient system but we're going to give it a try."

On the Bangladesh tour Cook made scores of 64, 60 and 32 in a 3-0 victory in the ODIs, before anchoring England's twin Test wins with a pair of centuries at Chittagong and Dhaka. Despite the relative paucity of the opposition, the challenge he faced in unfamiliar conditions was immense, not to mention the ignominy he would have faced had he failed to complete a clean sweep of five international wins out of five.

Despite some doubts about the speed and power of Cook's strokeplay, Strauss's departure from the limited-overs scene creates a vacancy for an opener who can be relied upon to bat through an innings, and besides, with a powerful cut and an aggressive slog-sweep, Cook himself believes he has the ability to build on an ODI record of 858 runs at 33.00, with one century against India in 2007.

"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," he said. "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.

"I will continue to work closely with Andrew and also Stuart 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."

Collingwood, who captained England's Twenty20 side on 30 occasions and oversaw England's successful World Twenty20 campaign in 2010, retired from Test cricket following the Ashes earlier this year but remains available for the limited-overs side. 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," Broad said. "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."

Strauss, meanwhile, has decided that, at the age of 34 and with four years to go until the 2015 World Cup, the time is right to follow the example of many leading cricketers of recent times, and retire from ODIs to concentrate on Tests. A tough home summer against Sri Lanka and India is looming, but the long-term goal is a repeat of his home and away Ashes wins, with the next series coming back-to-back in 2013-14.

"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," he 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.

"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."

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  • sameera on May 7, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    If Cook is such great player of ODI to be promoted to captain status then why wasn't he included in WC squad?

  • Sudarshan on May 7, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Someone said India cant replace Dravid, Lax n Sachin. Well no doubt they were best batsmen of their time, india do have batsmen like Badri, Pujara, Kohli, Yuvi, Tivari etc who didn't get chance just because those 3 were playing. On the other hand if england do loose swann, who will replace him? Yardy? Or Paneser? England just rely on their import players. Take out Morgan n Trott out from their team n see how do they struggle. In reality, for english team, cricket doesn't exist beyond ashes. So just enjoy ur ashes n let India, Sri lanka n Sa decide who's best in the world.

  • satyen on May 7, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Alastair Cook... 26 ODIs...858 runs...avg of 33... captain of England team... !!! Amazing...

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    ECB has made a decision to go with 3 different captains for three different format.. why all the fuss? Any corporate body would want to make good output...in this case they are assigning three different heads, and hoping that they will be competitive between themselves and come up with results... WC is over...some of the senior players will have to give way or shown door... so why not assign responsibilities to young talented ones (just as SA assigned Smith) and not wait and nurture a captain and later finding that his performance does not guarantee a place for him (so many .. latest Clarke) I sincerely hope Cook and Broad do well as captains..

  • Jackie on May 7, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    ECB and Flower have made crass decisions in the past. ECB? Think Flintoff, KP and Stanford (and further back Botham). Flower? Think ODIs punts on Kieswetter, Denly, Prior, the last scuppered any chance of our team in the WC. Too much nepotism in Cook's promotion. He didn't have a good 40-over 2010 season for Essex. A fantasy, or spin as we call it today. Av 33. SR 83, and wasn't selected. Quite right. Not good enough. He is going to have to try a lot lot harder against Sri Lanka and India. As for the captains! This will go down as pricelessly bad. Broad may pull it off if he controls his temper and bullying attitude. Cook never will make it.

  • Sarav on May 6, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    Cook really deserved a place in WC'11 ODI squad, things would've been diff for ENG if he was playing in WC'11. After having an amazing performance in Ashes. It's better to be late than never.

    Now straightaway he's captain of ODI side, No comments :D

  • Martin on May 6, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    @Paul Rone-Clarke; Oh yes - India are in for a shock this Summer, as were the Aussies a few months ago. It'll be fun to watch. Only one problem - it hasn't rained here in England for 6 or 7 months - so the Indian tourists might feel quite at home!

  • Rohit on May 6, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    A captain for 5 day variety, different captain for 1 day variety and even a different captain for 20-20! Hmmm... Team will be in leadership vacuum during rain interrupted matches!!! Think a captain should be quickly announced for duckworth-lewis matches impacted matches haha! These guys are such a joke. Gotta feel for Aussies - these losers only do well against them and then underperform till next ashes. They run out of gas for four years after one good performance

  • P on May 6, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Exciting times ahead for the England cricket team, especially with the likes of Woakes and Dernbach coming through.

  • Dimuthu on May 6, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    @Prince458 - that has to be the stupidest argument for not giving broad the t20 captaincy. Also, you don't seem to give any credit to Yuvraj's batting. every bowler gets hit every now and then and if broad's bowling has improved (which it has) because of moments like the 6x6s, then England would do well with a captain who can learn from his mistakes. as a neutral, the 3 captain system is an interesting one to me. however, as Sri Lanka is the first team to meet these newly led teams, I hope the ENG have some teething problems :-D and then the England v India series later in the summer could be an awesome contest in all 3 formats

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