England news May 5, 2011

Cook and Broad new England captains

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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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  • truth1 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?

  • Sudarshanj 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.

  • havocsat on May 7, 2011, 11:30 GMT

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

  • 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..

  • jackiethepen 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.

  • SaravananIsTheBest 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

  • 5wombats 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!

  • senrohit 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

  • CricketPavillion.co.uk 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.

  • CricketPissek 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

  • truth1 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?

  • Sudarshanj 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.

  • havocsat on May 7, 2011, 11:30 GMT

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

  • 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..

  • jackiethepen 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.

  • SaravananIsTheBest 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

  • 5wombats 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!

  • senrohit 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

  • CricketPavillion.co.uk 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.

  • CricketPissek 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

  • popcorn on May 6, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Strange are the ways of the ECB. AAlistair Cook was not even in the One day Side - and now he is Captain? Stuart Broad has never captained a County (maybe a Club?) and now he is Captain?

  • bigwonder on May 6, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    England fans are in similar delusion as EBC (England Broad Cricket), they think they can win against #1 test side - even in their home conditions - hilarious. Just wait and watch. Also, they all need a lesson on how to spell IPL - I guess Morgan (when he returns from IPL) can set them straight. Sour grapes again.

  • on May 6, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    This is good. Let India use the last of their dwindling talent later this summer, before the 2 or 3 quality players they have retire and England take number 1 Test spot.

    Take Zak, Tendulkar, Dhoni and HArbajan out of INdias side and they would struggle to be 6th in the world Take KP, Strauss, Anderson and Swann out of Englands side, and players just as good come in to take their place. But let's judge AFTER India are trounced 2-0 this summer shall we.

  • bumsonseats on May 6, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    i can see no problem with it, strauss will not get the burn out and will captain the test side for the next 2/3 years, with both broad and cook learning the job, and pick the test captain at the time of strauss quiting the job it makes good thinking. i would think other countries should look at this idea. dpk

  • anver777 on May 6, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    "ROAD CLOSED" for Collingwood in all formats ??????????????????????

  • Prakhs on May 6, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    COOK & BROAD??? Hahahaha... Poor England, they think themselves to be the godfathers of the game but they can't even find a captain for their side. Definition of COOK- A guy who has been sidelined from the ODI side for his image as a genuine test player and got the captaincy of the ODI side for some exceptional performance in the last concluded Ashes test series. Broad- A guy who got hit for 6 sixes by Yuvraj Singh in a T-20 match and has been in and out of the side because of injuries and family isuues. Finally due to lack of leaders in the country, awarded with the captaincy of the national T-20 team. I LOVE THAT..... Good going England, keep it up :)

  • arup_g on May 6, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Splitting the captaincy has never worked in the history of the game! Why on earth have England decided to go that way? Alistair Cook is an ideal replacement for Strauss when he steps down from the test captaincy, but why ODIs? Okay he says he has improved his One day game, but by how much? Do you see him scoring 150 in an ODI? No His place in the starting XI is a doubt, so how can he be a captain? It takes me back to the days of Mike Brearly, who was merely an average batsman, but a great captain, but is there room for captains like that in the modern game? I don't think so! Broad is too hostile to be a captain, although some may argue his attitude is ideal for the shorter format, but in tough situations a calm head is needed, look at the best captains - Dhoni, Warne, Collingwood! I have a miserable feeling that the decision will backfire and England will be making more changes very soon. Broad's tempermant will be severely tested against the giants like India and Sri Lanka this summer

  • Prince458 on May 6, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Broad???? The guy who got hammered for 6 straight sixes in ICC world cup match by Yuvraj Signg. C'mmon, you must me jocking. Broad should have stopped or else dropped for EVER on that day. I will pray for England.

  • on May 6, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    What kind of one man performance have Broad ever shown against a superior batting side????.... I never found him shrewd in any manner.... People may be seeing positive in this selection but i can not even imagine a single positive for Broad selection ........

  • Erantha on May 6, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    In a world where all the cricketers are going after money and other commercial values, this guy will remain as a real gentleman who plays the game with dignity. That is why he quit limited overs cricket in order to prolong his Test career, something which we see very rarely these days. Straussy keep it up

  • on May 6, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    With Bopara and Morgan in the lower order you can have Cook in your team because he is a good opener, see his List A strike rate it is good for an opener and if you want to judge someone by strike rate than Afridi should have been the best batsman in the world but you must also see consistency and average remember it is a 50 over game not a t20 so do not criticise Cook.

  • cricket_for_all on May 6, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    The captains were appointed by their performance or sake of appointing a captain?. I don't even remember when Cook was playing ODI.

  • SRT_GENIUS on May 6, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    England were the first major country to separate ODI and test teams. I guess they are a little more forward looking than the others.

  • on May 6, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    Im guessing this means Cook will be in the ODI side? FINALLY!!! Im 100% sure he will do fine, and why are people saying Trott is slow? His strike rate in the World Cup was better than most, and he scored 2 tons in Australia with a strike rate of 85 and 110. Cook and Trott will both do well together in the top 3. My side would be 1. Cook (c) 2. Pieterson 3. Trott 4. Bell 5. Morgan 6. R Bopara 7. Prior 8. Broad 9. Woakes 10. Bresnan 11. Swann

    And Broad as T20 captain? Ha!

  • bowzer on May 6, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    The selectors must be out of choices or they are seeing something that I don't. When was the last time Cook played a ODI for England? Broad is always injured.

  • mightymf2000 on May 5, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    Very interseting move by the ECB

  • MrArmchairCricket on May 5, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    I don't know what all the bruhaha about Alistair Cook being named ODI captain is all about, considering he's long been touted as a future England captain. As for those who say that his batting technique 'screams' test cricket.. I'd like to point out that when Andrew Strauss became One Day International captain, he had a strike rate of 74.71, which is only 3.33 more than Cook's scoring rate. I hope he does well for the Poms, both as a captain and as a batsman.

  • on May 5, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    Did Stuart Broad really say the word 'synergy' ??

    This is highly depressing.

    Our cricketers are turning into corporate robots.

  • SDHM on May 5, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    The annoying thing is that Strauss has actually been in brilliant form in ODIs over the past year or so. No problem with Cook taking over, I've seen him play both the anchor style innings and more aggressive ones for Essex so he just needs a decent run in the team and I fancy he'll be a solid captain and batsman. Broad is a bit more left-field, but as Michael Vaughan and a few others have noted, he's got a good head for working out a batsman. He'll have to keep that petulant streak in order though, although maybe the captaincy will help that.

  • DaGreatOne on May 5, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Till now English were importing their players from RSA, now it seems they have started importing their selectors from Pakistan. Ha ha..

  • RameshSubramaniam on May 5, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Since they are winning tests now, they are saying they concentate only on tests and not one day. Two tough series ahead, it will be interesting to see if England lose both. With the kind of form shewag, Sachin, Gambhir, Dravid ,Yuvi, Sangakara, Jayawardane is in, England will have tough series. In one day, they know they cannot win against India or Srilanka, they already have an execuse.

  • noba on May 5, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    BROAD CAPTAIN??????? this is hilarious lol....the kid is so immature how could he come off as a good captain :/..and being chosen over kevin pieterson is unblvble :/...Cook has JUST finally made it to the side..jus performing in ashes series and he gets captaincy woahhhh ..i guess getting this position is not a hard thing these days. what hpnd to trott, bell, prior.. the seniors????????

  • on May 5, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    expect strauss in ipl2012

  • shooting on May 5, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Sounds okay to me. Maybe slightly abit too premature for Broad though.

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 5, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    First of all I send my advance condolences to all England cricket fans for the imminent death of English limited overs cricket. BAD CHOICE of captains for the ODI and T20 formats. This will now comfortably ensure England continue to drop down the table in ICC rankings. Strauss should have continued to captain in the 50 over format. I simply cannot understand WHY the ICC is stubborn to have T20 as an international format. It is best to have T20 played between clubs like in the IPL and Big Bash. The world game should ONLY have test and ODIs for whatever length of time they survive. Cook has a negative body language and his batting technique screams TEST CRICKET, TOO SLOW. Broad on the other hand is a walking run feast to the batsmen especially away from English conditions. His bad bowling will negate his skippering skills in T20 which can be a cruel format of the game. The ECB with all their fat egos and bellies if I may add have messed up England's fortunes. I can't believe it.

  • on May 5, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Off lately i have seen players how were not able to proove there metal in one format retire from it to concentrate on the other, Just in case if there is a blip in form for these players , what would they b left with then. HAHAHA

  • on May 5, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Good move from the ECB, Broad is a future Test and ODI Captain so give him a go at the T/20, England need to build for 4 years time in the ODIs and i would like to see Kieswetter come back in to open with Cook, with Bell at 3.

  • on May 5, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    Wait what? Cook wasn't even a regular in the ODI team but now he is the captain? makes no sense to me. On the other hand, I think Broad's appointment is a decent one.

  • voma on May 5, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Not sure about broad , think hes not mature enough . KP should of taken on the 20 / 20 captaincy , hes got some experience and is our best player in that format. I think cook will do fine , hes more than capable of adjusting his batting style . Its also pretty obvious they are trying him out , if sucessfull he will no doubt replace strauss as the test skipper

  • CricketChat on May 5, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    Poor choices for all 3 formats at this juncture. I think Trott should have been made captain for Tests and ODIs being their most consistent batsman in both formats in the past year. Broad has had disciplinary problems in the recent past, so not a good choice. Also shows that Pietersen is done as Eng captain for good. He should now try to extend his international career with Eng without any distractions.

  • johnson49 on May 5, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    To be honest, I believe that Cook, Anderson and Strauss should just play test cricket. Pietersen or Bell would have been better suited to one day and t20 captaincy.

  • 5wombats on May 5, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    @Andrew Simoes; I'm with you on this. Australians have a saying; "Who cares"! This is precisely what we English think of ODI's. Anyway - as you rightly point out, the main event is the Test series against India. Bring it on.

  • on May 5, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Hahahaa......wat a joke!!!!!!!A man who wasnt in the side for the past year eventually becomes the captain of National team, unbelievable!media always highlighted PCB's decisions over captaincy but atleast they all were in the team before been announced as captain......this is a real joke and good opportunity for lankans....hahaha

  • on May 5, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Cook is ambitious enough to lead in both ODIs and T20's.I don't think Broad is old enough to be a captain yet but then who knows.

  • Rahulbose on May 5, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    For a moment I thought this was a page 2 article. Is ECB trying to compete with PCB on bizarre selection policies ?

  • bharath74 on May 5, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Gud choice as both Broad and Cook are young.

  • ARad on May 5, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    By not giving Pietersen one of the captaincies while giving someone who has not secured his own place in the team (Cook) and someone who is too young AND has problems controlling on field emotions, English management shows that what would happen to employees who choose not to act like OBEDIENT SERVANTS? It is even more HYPOCRITICAL when you consider the fact that those in the English Management themselves are ACTING WORSE than their employees:

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/513681.html

  • on May 5, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    I wish your writers would buy themselves a dictionary. "Paucity" doesn't mean "weakness". These continual grammatical and lexical errors make reading cricinfo a chore.

  • on May 5, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    NO BRAINER FROM ECB TAKE THE BEST BATSMAN THAT ENGLAND HAS AT THE MOMENT NOT TO MENTION THE MOST SHREWD CAPTAIN THEY EVER HAD PERIOD...... AND THROW IT ALL AWAY. LOOK LIKE ECB IS NOT TO SERIOUS ABOUT ODI CRICKET AFTER ALL. REAL SAD COZ THEY WHERE GELING TOGETHER AS A PROPER UNIT UNDER STRAUSS.

  • on May 5, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Another Player Retires from One Day International....Worst year for cricket too many retirements after the World Cup...

  • Pelham_Barton on May 5, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    How many more times does it need to be said: Strauss is no more South African than Colin Cowdrey was Indian.

  • Angad11 on May 5, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Cook wasnt even part of the ODI team, now he is the captain. UNBELIEVABLE. It just goes to show how fickle minded the ECB is, just a few months back, cook was on the verge of getting dropped from the team and now he is the captain.

  • on May 5, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    England is the first side to have 3 different captains for the 3 different formats of the game...not sure as of now how that would work.Alastair Cook hasn't cemented his place in the ODI side and all of a sudden he has been appointed captain of the side which is bizarre.I hope he does well but for that to happen he'll have to work on his one-day game and look to score quicker especially with Jonathan Trott now being a regular in the side.

  • on May 5, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    I think it works in this way-- because Stauss is retiring from ODIs , cook will also take on the anchor role......

  • 5wombats on May 5, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    @bigwonder; "PIL... as it is far more reaching, famous and...." - JOKE - right? Aside from that you sound like a really knowledgeable guy....

  • magicfarang on May 5, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Cook should have been playing in the world cup ODI's. As a captain in Bangladesh he was way way too defensive but got the results. Broad may be a little immature but what he does bring to the team is the determination to win at all costs and his obvious passion for his country (the only other player that has this would be Swann). This is an area England are usually lacking in, hence their tendency to roll over and play dead. The reason that England have done well recently can be put down to the competitiveness of Swann, Broad and KP along with the solid batting of Cook.

  • spudotnik on May 5, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Shame we can't have the same captain for all forms, think the continuity really helps.

  • on May 5, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    Cook - odi captian; JOKE. Broad - T20 captian: Big JOKE.

  • g-man86 on May 5, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Matricfail is spot on..Y do England keep makin the mistake of appointing a non regular player as captain?Look back to Hollioake or for that matter even Strauss - who wasn't a regular LOI player when appointed skipper..Cook is a mediocre ODI player for this day & age & if U r keen on Trott & Bell being part of Ur ODI team,Cook is a horrible choice..ODI cricket needs dynamic players..KP or Morgan were the best choices England had but they've messed it up..Looking back at the T-20 triumph when they got it right,it baffles me as to why the England set up keep selecting people with strike rate around 75 over & over when there are likes of Kieswetter,Lumb,Davies,Wright,Mustard & Woakes in the sidelines..I'm sorry but Bell,Cook & Bopara are not fit to play ODI's or T20I's..I'd add Strauss & Trott to that list but Strauss has made a nice comeback in ODIs & Trott consistently gets big scores..Keep selecting players with mid 70s strike rate & mid 20s to low 30s avg & U'll never win anything..

  • on May 5, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    @5wombats : I think it's called the LPI . But England turning around their ODI fortunes is going to take at least a year and the English public are not really interested in it. This appointment of Cook shows that the Board are not interested either . How does it matter? Sri Lanka 2-0 will be a good preparation before the main event where we can look forward to a tough swansong tour from the best ever BCCI team followed by immediate decline and the replacement at the top by England.

  • g-man86 on May 5, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Matricfail is spot on..Y do England keep makin the mistake of appointing a non regular player as captain?Look back to Hollioake or for that matter even Strauss - who wasn't a regular LOI player when appointed skipper..Cook is a mediocre ODI player for this day & age & if U r keen on Trott & Bell being part of Ur ODI team,Cook is a horrible choice..ODI cricket needs dynamic players..KP or Morgan were the best choices England had but they've messed it up..Looking back at the T-20 triumph when they got it right,it baffles me as to why the England set up keep selecting people with strike rate around 75 over & over when there are likes of Kieswetter,Lumb,Davies,Wright,Mustard & Woakes in the sidelines..I'm sorry but Bell,Cook & Bopara are not fit to play ODI's or T20I's..I'd add Strauss & Trott to that list but Strauss has made a nice comeback in ODIs & Trott consistently gets big scores..Keep selecting players with mid 70s strike rate & mid 20s to low 30s avg & U'll never win anything..

  • adahya on May 5, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    I think England made a big mistakes. Broad does not qualify to lead as T20 captain. Cook was not part of the ODI side. Right before the Ashes he was about to drop from the Test squad. How can he lead the ODI squad. Either Bell, Trott or KP should have been take over. Let see how it comes out anyway.

  • glenmish on May 5, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Broad,that is hilarious...

  • on May 5, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    It surprises me less has been made about Broad being made T20 captain, given his track record of acting like a child!

  • on May 5, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    I believe this is a good decision!! GOOD LUCK Alastair!!

  • on May 5, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Bad bad....really bad choice .......both of them

  • on May 5, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Cook does not deserve a place carrying the ODI team drinks and Broad is a child who needs to grow up before being given any responsibility (look at how many times he is in trouble). When you have people like Bell and KP in the side (or Prior) it makes it seem once again that this is a job for the boys as we keep hearing. I still want England to do well but thing the ECB has treated Collingwood and all of the fans like dirt.

  • bigwonder on May 5, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    @5wombats, Talking about short attention span, I guess its sour grapes for most England players and fan when its comes to IPL as it is far more reaching, famous and rewarding compared to boring English county cricket - heck even the gully cricket I played was more interesting then English county cricket.

  • on May 5, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    Cooke excellent choice as OD captain. Broad is an inspired choice as T20 and Strauss the only man currently capable of doing a great job in tests. I wanted all three of these in this role. It's gotta be a first that something like this has happened - never throught they would go for Broad in particular, but glad they did. Cooke is an excellent OD player domestically, and replacing Strauss as a like for like "steady eddy" at number 1 is ideal. I wouldn't want Cooke AND Strauss (with Trott to follow) but one or the other makes great sense. Cooke is the most under-rated batsman going. I predict he will have 5 or more years in the worlds top 3 in tests and may do the same in OD as well

  • landl47 on May 5, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    From what I've seen, I would have thought Bell might be a better choice, but Flower knows both both men very well so I'll trust his judgement. Cook did very well in his first tour as captain, both in leadership and in the form he showed. Broad is admittedly a gamble, since he's still only 24 and has no captaincy experience at the top level. However, T20 doesn't pose the tactical challenge of the longer formats, so I don't think England will lose many matches because of his captaincy.

  • on May 5, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    It's a disgrace. We've chosen a bloke with a terrible disciplinary record for the T20 captaincy - what is that? A reward for bad behavior? He behaves like a petulant spoiled brat. And for the ODIs a bloke who couldn't even stick up for his own choice of car - who remembers him admitting on cricket AM he got rid of his orange focus because he was laughed at? If he can't stick up for a car he liked because of his mates what chance does it give him of sticking up for his team because of the press?

  • bigwonder on May 5, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    England is making the similar mistakes as Sr-lanka has done with their new captain choice. I can't grasp the concept of having Cook as ODI captain. Is ECB keen on picking someone who is under performing in ODI's and further burden him? And the worst decision is for T20 captaincy, little Stuart?, come on, are they again being influenced by his dad? What qualities does he bring as a captain? Let me list some of his famous attributes: arrogance, attitude, dis-respect for opposition batsmen, not a team player, immature, .... I could go on but their is a character limit for this post, but you get the point and ECB does not.

  • Tigg on May 5, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Broad as T20 skipper? Hopefully this will temper his bouts of petulance and mould him into the world class cricketer he has never quite been. In reality, bowlers are often the poorest choices for captain. Lets face it, the best captains in the world over recent years? Sanga, Dhoni, Smith, Strauss, Vettori, Vaughan, Ponting, Waugh. All are batsman or all-rounders.

  • howizzat on May 5, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Hitherto Cook was considered at the best a test batsman. So why suddenly got elevation to the captaincy? IMO, Swann should have been given charge. Or in absence of senior players KP should have been given another chance. Other alternative could have been the mantle should have gone to one of the successful county captain. Anyway I dont know much about Cook's recipes. So I am eager to taste too. Stuart Broad has history of frequent injuries. So naturally he is not a good choice considering T20 WC is less than a year away.

  • indianzen on May 5, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Broad, this little brat is going to lead a T20 team ? sorry for England...

  • Truemans_Ghost on May 5, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Could be the making of Broad. Maybe the captaincy will make him grow up, be a bit less of a petulent brat to the benifit of his game in 3 formats.

  • bluebillion on May 5, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    26 ODIs in 5 years and now captain? He wasnt even picked for the world cup! Forget the playing XI - not even in the squad! This is unexpected to say the least. The test captain plays only tests and the ODI captain wont get picked for T20! This is absurd. But lets face it - what other option did ECB have? They didnt want KP back. Trott and Morgan are recent imports. Broad will be rested for quite a few ODIs. Who else? The cupboard is bare and it shows.

  • Charindra on May 5, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Wow! ECB has transferred the leadership from one of the nicest guys around to two of the most cocky (and in the case of Broad, just plain annoying) guys in world cricket right now. Broad shouldn't captain a club team, leave alone England. As for Cook, I just think he's a bit too overconfident in his own abilities. But hey, I don't mind. I'm Sri Lankan and this will make it easier for us to hammer the Brits! :D

  • on May 5, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    why isnt troot the captain!!! he has been england's best batsmen for the past 6 months

  • ammanna7 on May 5, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    keivin should hav had a 2nd chanc

  • on May 5, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    This is a very good move..

  • TailenderSlogging on May 5, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    ENG running short of Saffers I guess.. ;) Cook is a Okayish choice.. But Broad BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA.. @Arthaurian : Yes.. He should give up T20 immediately and maybe if he doesn't finds his touch in the ODI' in the next couple of series then he can quit that too but age is still on his side unlike Strauss.. Smith is just 30!

  • on May 5, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Ok so stuart broad is gonna eb captain ? are u serious? what is he gonna say to his bowlers, "lad bowl a bouncer every ball it mite work" thats all he ever does. And cook has one of the better records around the county curcuit for one dayers so he'll do fine with bat and i think he'll be a good captain. I still think trott would have been best option as he plays all formats

  • DinKanth on May 5, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Only Quality players decide to leave the shorter formats and take pride of keeping test matches alive.Hats off to Strauss for his modest decision to leave the ODIs to youngsters and proved he is not one among the collingwoods & Co.,and a member of the elite Laxmans & Co.,

  • zamith on May 5, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Mate, Smith already has stepped down as the captain after the world cup

  • zamith on May 5, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    Mate, Smith already has stepped down as the captain after the world cup

  • robheinen on May 5, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    I wonder if the senior players will have any regard for STuart Broad as he tells them what to do. Imagine KP hearing from SB to go three f****** yards to the right for the f****** umpteenth time! Oh well, KP probably isn't in the T20 team anyway. Nice experiment ECB. I wonder if some trouble to come hasn't been foreseen already.

  • Dashgar on May 5, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    It has been said but it should be said again. Cook isn't in the ODI squad. You can't be picked on your captaincy. What if he underperforms and needs to be replaced, which is likely since till now he wasn't considered good enough to be in the squad, let alone team. This is a worse call than Michael Clarke being captain of the T20 for Australia.

  • rumcork69 on May 5, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    How could you give Cook the captaincy and he was never even considered for the World Cup. Strange but gook luck Mr. Cook. Stay away from the english media they will chew you up and spit you out if things go a bit pear shape.

  • jonesy2 on May 5, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    hahahaha well we knew pommy cricket was in shables already hahaha oh this is top notch comedy

  • KALPANA. on May 5, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    COOK IS NOT THE BEST PLAYER TO BE MADE THE CAPTAIN OF THE ODI TEAM. BUT HIS AGE WORKS IN HIS FAVOUR. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THE HELL WOULD STRAUSS RETIRE FROM ONE DAY CRICKET WHEN HE JUST SCORED 158 OR 168 AGAINST INDIA BARELY A MONTH AGO. ''A COMPLETELY WRONG DECISION MADE BY STRAUSS''. HE COULD HAVE EASILY PLAYED FOR TWO MORE YEARS. ATTENTION ALL ENGLISH PLAYERS..... LEARN FROM THE ASIAN PLAYERS THAT BEING 34 YEARS OLD DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOUR CARRIER AS A CRICKETER IS FINISHED. I STILL FEEL SAD ABOUT RYAN SIDEBOTTOM.

  • on May 5, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Nice to see, that England giving chance to their younger players... :P

  • Arthaurian on May 5, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    As Andrew Strauss has done, so should Greame Smith...

  • MTSA on May 5, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    cook is very young with nice amount of experience so he is best suited for the captaincy. kp has always been associated with one or the other problems. so cook is pretty ok. cook can be very successful ib odis since hes a elegant strokemaker like badrinath who have prospered well in odis and t20s. so all the best Cook

  • ibbotsoni on May 5, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Give him a chance! He's young, he's keen and HE SCORES RUNS FOR FUN!

    Where's the next world cup being played anyway?

  • Alexcoe on May 5, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Cook wasn't selected for the WC because he wasn't in the original party - the daft ICC selection rules means you have to pick your squad 6 months ahead. Cook impressed with his retrun to county one day cricket a couple of years back but has not had chance to demonstrate his skills at international level recently. He's much more aggressive and confident now - as good a bet for an opener as any alternative and the right compliment for the range of attacking batsmen who are the likely other opener. I think a team wit Cook and Trott in will always promise a solid total around which the sloggers can be let loose. A good call. Although I still think Strauss should have played for another year.

  • on May 5, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    If anything Cook should've been handed both ODI and Twenty20. Broad is an extremely poor choice IMO. Even Trott or Bell would've better than Broad.

  • on May 5, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    I think the more surprising move was appointing Stuart Broad as the T20 Skipper.

  • Matricfail on May 5, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    A guy who doesn't even feature in ODI team is going to be the captain. I mean, what is this, a soap or a movie? This is the mistake England always commit whenever they are on upward trend. Bell has been ignored - Trott has been ignored - Kapes is alright to be ignored. Broadie's appointment is okay, it doesn't have to be taken seriously. T20 is a format where if a batsman or bowler shines no one can handle, even if captain's granny.

  • stormy16 on May 5, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    I can sense the suprise in many of you but I think this is a good call from the ECB and its a long term plan to groom Cook in to captaincy at test level. Its also a direct swap for Strauss the steady opener which is presumably the way Eng want to play one dayers. Amazing turn around for a guy who at times last summer wasnt even sure if he would make the Ashes. Broad is also a good call based on the future and both these guys are without a doubt Englands future.

  • stormy16 on May 5, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    I can sense the suprise in many of you but I think this is a good call from the ECB and its a long term plan to groom Cook in to captaincy at test level. Its also a direct swap for Strauss the steady opener which is presumably the way Eng want to play one dayers. Amazing turn around for a guy who at times last summer wasnt even sure if he would make the Ashes. Broad is also a good call based on the future and both these guys are without a doubt Englands future.

  • tearawayquick on May 5, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    I dont think Cook is a certainty in ODI squad. So this decision baffles me. KP would have been the better choice.. he has not done justice to his one day career since his Debut series...Would have been just the incentive which he needed to perform better and mould England to a good one day side

  • supersia on May 5, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    I think this probably means two things for a fact. 1. KP will never captain England again. His chance has now come and gone, which i think he might feel is a bit of a slap in the face. By the time Strauss retires, the other 2 captains are effectively being groomed to replace him leaving no room for KP, 2. Paul Collingwood's international career is all but over now he isn't captain. It's hard to see how his form warrants a place in the team.

  • CricEshwar on May 5, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Though ECB overlooked Cook many a time for ODIs, he is not that bad for an ODI opener. It is just that he might need a different partner (other than Strauss) to dominate at the one end while he will be solid at the other. ECB should have brought back Cook into ODI side for a few matches and then should have assigned captaincy.

  • STARFISH14 on May 5, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    The time is ripe for Alestair Cook to take up the role of captaincy not only in ODIs but also in TESTS and T20s as well. He can take england to a greater height As far as Stuart Broad is concerned i think he may not be a great captain and Cook should replace him at the helm in T20s James Anderson should be Cook's deputy

  • wigs666 on May 5, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Terrible idea - should have been KP for ODIs and T20, with a view to taking over the test captaincy in a few years time. I know he cocked it up last time, but he's got the one-eyed arrogance to be a very good captain.

  • skSam on May 5, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    How can cook manage the odi squad as captain bcoz in past he dont have place to play in 50 overs formant..

  • on May 5, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    damn... strauss just started to hit sixes while he came back to ODIs. well now it will take a while to see innings like 158 in WC games.

  • nair_ottappalam on May 5, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    The most rubbish decision of the century

  • ashraf_noor on May 5, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    if they have to change ,, why not KP.....???

  • on May 5, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    An odd selection I admit but I'm happy :)

  • msankar on May 5, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    COOK??? ODI Captain????? What a joke!!!!! See... How ECB pushing his team from top to Bottom

    OR

    ECB recently extended Andy Flower's contract with huge amount... I think they want to assign more job and change the player/team dramatically!!!!

  • chandu1821 on May 5, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    cook - he must learn the capatancy from STRAUSS why the ECB took this type of decisions and make the world with surprise and jokes

  • Masking_Tape on May 5, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    Before you all criticize Cook for not being a good ODI player, you should look at the partners Strauss have had. Both Bell and KP failed up there. 3 Keepers were tried up there, no one was decent and looked very shaky against the new pacy ball. Yet, an established player like Cook was ignored in the ODIs. He had a great Ashes tour, and was rested ODI series, while the Eng team took big blows at the top. They also missed a proper opener at the WC as well.

    Cook couldn't do worse than those guys. So give him a break and give him a shot.

    Then again, I just wasted 5 min of my life, because I could care less about Eng team.

    just my 2 cents

  • nair_ottappalam on May 5, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Cook is not suited for ODI. How could he lead the side? There is nothing wrong with Andrew Strauss at the moment. If at all ECB decides to change Strauss, KP would be the best option available at present. Eoin Morgan could be his deputy. Kiwesetter should be back as keeper in the limited over format in place of Prior. With Colly not in the side Bopara can get a look in. Yardy is not the right choice. Swann should be the numero uno spinner. Bresnan, Anderson & Finn should be bowling in the English conditions. A little bit of middle overs can be shared between Bell and Bopara. While playing in England, Trescothcik could be brought back as the opener to pair Kiewsetter. Wright should not be considered

  • Something_Witty on May 5, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Cook? In a limited overs team? Really? Strauss developed his game very well and had matured into a very very good ODI batsman. I'm not sure if Cook's game can be adapted in a similar fashion.. best of luck to him though.

  • anshu.s on May 5, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    It's time England changed there batting style and bring in younger more explosive batters like Butler,Vince,Hildreth,Stokes,Hales or atleast keep some of them in the mix.....also feel James Taylor is going to be next superstar he is just so prolific in all forms.

  • abhi_cricinfo on May 5, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    I like jokes and I like ECB. Cook has't established himself in ODI and he is going to lead ODI team. Ian Bell ,Eoin Morgan and Jonathan Trott are not bad choice either.

  • tough_cool on May 5, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Though it is debatable if 'cook' must be the ODI captain or not, but I think it must be pretty much settled that cook deserves to be in the ODI side, if not for anything else, but for the technique he has as an opener. England does not have many great batsman with good batting technique at the moment, and ODI format is not completely out of place for technicians -- T20 is for that -- ODIs still need technicians very much and particularly at the top of the batting line up. You need someone to set you up for a big total and if that setting comes at a cost of a few runs that is still better than being at 20-2 or 30-3 in 90% of matches, A scores of 100-1 off 25 overs in more than 75 % of ODI matches is preferable any day than 200-4 in 30 overs in only 10 % of matches . As for captaincy I think this decision too is a good one, remember when greame smith is chosen after pollock, he too was very young then, its better to choose a youngster with some new ideas and imagination for captaincy.

  • Truemans_Ghost on May 5, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Although I'm not conviced that Strauss needed to go- he's been one of England's best one day batters over the last 2-3 years, I wouldn't dismiss Cook as a one day batsman. He hasn't played on ODI in a while but he is a better player than he was when he last did and has done pretty well in his rare appearances in in county one day cricket. If you are in good nick and seeing it like a football, you can play a good one day innings even if it isn't your natural game. Problem is if you put him in as captain you make him undropable if it doesn't work out. Unsure about this one.

  • nzcricket174 on May 5, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Cook and Anderson should be confined to the test arena. Cook's style of play requires him to chew up a lot of time while Anderson can't bowl to save his life without 2 slips and a gully.

  • bobagorof on May 5, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Good on England for reverting to their 'pick the captain before the team' policy, rather than the 'pick the best captain from the 11 players chosen' line of thinking that has seen them turn their fortunes around of late in the Test arena. Cook may well deserve a place in the side - an average of 33 in ODIs is not *bad* - but bringing him in and making him Captain certainly doesn't make it look like his selection is merit-based.

  • on May 5, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    England is once again making the same age old mistake of choosing a captain and then choosing the team.As far as i'm concerned Alastair Cook shouldn't even feature in England's best one-day side provided they want to be successful in this format.I disagree with Andrew Miller when he says that Alastair Cook can provide solidity to their batting and bat 50 overs.How many people does England want to provide solidity at the crease.They already have JOnathan Trott and they can't afford to play more than one.

  • Sudarshanj on May 5, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    If Cook is so good one day player to be captain then why wasn't he selected for world cup? England were struggling with bat even in aus series n world cup. Why didn't they pick him for world cup then?

  • jonesy2 on May 5, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    this is hilerity at its finest. england are so terrible in the odi arena haha they will never have sustained success in any forms anyway.

  • v_singh on May 5, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Though there were indications about Cook being made the captain (age, the stupid issue of 'being' England born and current form, on his side).. However, it should be noted that before Bangladesh ODI series, Cook was not even considered good for ODI circket. He had a good run at the Bangladeshi attack but would struggle for quick runs against any decent attack (& now probably against Bangladesh also) and thus putting pressure on middle order batsmen. But problems of English selectors is also understandable.. They did not have any other (single) candidate to lead team into tests and ODI - forget KP as leader ; i do not think he can do it UNLESS Cook manages to mess up the chance (that he might) be getting pretty soon now !!

  • Meety on May 5, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    Why not a Saffa trifecta & have KP T20, Trott ODI, & Strauss the Test captain LOL! @Mark Frayne-Johnson - I agree that the Trott/Cook combo in the top 3 COULD put a lot of pressure on the rest of the order. Personally I think Cook & Anderson should be kept exclusively as Test players, for a number of reasons, namely International schedule (lots of complaints from English players), Cook & Anderson IMO would lose Test form playing ODIs (look at Andersons performances in the ODIs, if he plays like that in a Test the Poms attack is then shaky, plus I could see Cook nibbling outside off stump again). Doesn't matter anyways as both will get picked for ODIs, but I think England should make better use of the resources. I'd select Kieswetter, Trott, KP, Compton, Morgan, Bell, Yardy, Broad, Woakes, Swann, Shazad.

  • RAVI_BOPARA on May 4, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    HEY WHY ISNT PEITERSEN NOT BEING MENTIONED AS CAPTAIN? MAYBE HE COULD GET THE JOB FOR THE TWENTY/20?

  • on May 4, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    Good on you Cookie, well deserved - and anyone who witnessed his t20 hundred for Essex will know he can score quickly if required! I'm also VERY concerned that a couple of people have suggested Rory Hamilton-Brown as a possible England player - yes he can be explosive on his good days, but they're few and far between, and i'd hazard a guess that he is one of the highest 'scorers' of ducks in the first class game. Taylor is still a bit wet behind the ears and needs to show he can consistently rotate the strike, but is massively promising, as is Dawid Malan from Middlesex. Not a fan of Kieswetter as he's far too loose in his stroke play and will be found out time and again by international attacks (witnessed by the fact his only scores past 40 in ODI cricket are against Bangladesh and Scotland. If you want a REAL left field one, Peter Trego has been destroying all comers with bat in hand for a few seasons now ...

  • on May 4, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    strauss is performing well

  • 5wombats on May 4, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Yeah - this is an odd move. But look - they have their eye on Cook as test captain and he's young too, so why not let him have a go with some of the young guns in the next couple of years? Broad a bit too fiesty and Bell? - maybe not Capt material. @Mark Frayne-Johnson; spot on. Strauss was an odd pick as ODI captain too - but he's done better than most of us expected. Hey! @Trickstar! Finally - @AkshayKatiyar; let's have you back here at the end of August and see if you are still laughing! Test cricket is real cricket and if you have a short attention span there's always ILP (or is it PLI, I can never remember).

  • on May 4, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    If you can't get in the team you shouldn't be the captain. It's about time the ECB got a grip on reality. Cook is an awful one day player. Just because you went to a posh school doesn't mean you're a good leader or give you the right to waltz into the team. Belly or Jimmy should be the captain, not that I believe that they'll ever give it to a bowler again, especially not one who doesn't come from the home counties. When exactly was the last time the ECB made a sensible decision though?

  • Tigg on May 4, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    For crying out loud give it to Bell....

    He's undroppable in all formats and has the experience and game to adapt quickly.

  • Finn92 on May 4, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    Remember when everyone said the same of Strauss? 'He needs more strokes, he's a test player etc' Well what did he do, worked on his game and became one of the most consistent batters in the line-up! Give him a chance. In my opinion the ODI team needs restructuring a bit, KP, Bell, Prior and Colly should go with Anderson and Bopara getting told they need big domestic performances to have a look in. Davies should be given an extended run before Kieswetter. My XI:Cook, Davies, Trott, Taylor, Morgan, Hales, Woakes, Swann, Bresnan, Shahzad, Broad.

  • on May 4, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    I certainly can't see any logic in English tradition of choosing captains..... First pick the best possible team and then captain from among them and Cook is nowhere near the best English ODI 11..... My Eng 11- Strauss(c) Kieswetter Trott Peterson Bell Morgan Bopara Swann Bresnan Anderson Broad SUB- Rashid Wright Tremlet

  • wambling_future on May 4, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Seriously they could not find a better player than Cook, a person who wasn't even a part of ODI team for over a year? I wonder even if Cook himself remembers when was the last time he played an ODI. The problem with England ODI team is most of them are not a certainty in the team for a longer duration, either because of Form or injury. Hence one really don't know who is available for next series or not. But for Captaincy I would have gone for Ian Bell. He is (only)29 and more ODI experience than Cook and not very much injury prone either. Probably extra responsibility might get the best out of Bell (not ruling out the worst either). Surely Bell would have been a better and interesting choice than Captain Cook.

  • bala-chala on May 4, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    I really don't understand this infatuation of ECB with the idea of having a captain who will struggle to find his place in the ODI team. Nasser Hussain, Michael Vaughan and now Alastair Cook. The English team may have 3 lions on their crests but in ODIs they are as tame as pussycats. They need some positive vibes and hence KP or Stuart Broad would be the ideal choices. I also doubt if the ECB has any long term goals at all. Ideally they should be grooming someone like Eoin Morgan for leadership roles by giving him the vice-captaincy.

  • sachin_vvsfan on May 4, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Strauss wasn't given a fair run. He did reasonably well in the shorter formats and deserves more chances. OTOH what has cook done? Yeah Piling runs against lowly Aussies in Tests?. If that is the criteria then our own vvs laxman can be the captain of T20 team.

  • Rockyyyims on May 4, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Aim! what? no. 1 side...forget it Mr. Andy Flower!!!!England can never do well in one dayers with trott,bell and bopara in the side!!!!ball-eaters are these!!!!!take a leaf out of india's books!!!no dravid or ganguly !!all stroke makers!!!get kieswetter, davies, rory hamilton brown,woakes...etc...and i almost fell of my bed laughing that now cook (another test icon) handed captaincy in odi's !!!England selectors !!leave your mad passion for test players!!!keep it for test match cricket!!!what a joke??? any one would captain well or make runs against Bangladesh!!!

  • on May 4, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    i totally totally agree with u

  • on May 4, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Bell should be jettisoned. He is an awful ODI player.

    Cook has been scoring good runs in limited over cricket for Essex for almost 12 months now. This is fine by me.

  • Trickstar on May 4, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    I'd prefer Strauss to carry on personally, he's been one of the best performers in the side these last couple of years. Cook is one of the best one day openers in CC, so it is obviously seen, as a like for like change. IMO you should always pick your best side, then pick the captain, not name him before, especially when the guy they've named, hasn't been a regular in the side the last 2 years. I actually think Cook, has the game to do the same job Strauss does, but will have to develop, a few more shots to really flourish at this level as a opener. Like someone says below, it is key, over the next 12 months, that guys like James Taylor, Woakes, Buttler and Ben Stokes are gradually brought through because IMO Taylor and Buttler could be world class and Woakes, has already got Bothamesque stats in first class cricket.

  • kevinpp on May 4, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    @Mark Frayne-Johnson, brilliant!!! Looks like you are following county cricket so do i. But i would be tempted to put KP as captain simply because he's a guy who always need some challenge to keep himself focussed. Something like what Flower did by making him open as you know player with caliber of KP cannot be left out. Or even Bell who is calm always.

  • on May 4, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Cook? You have better options than Cook I guess

  • Gupta.Ankur on May 4, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Oh,wow! A player who was not part of their ODI team for 14months........is now their captain?

    It seems English selectors are still suffering from post Will-Kat wedding hangover!

  • on May 4, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    I'm not convinced Cook is the answer to England's ODI captaincy as, for me, I don't think he should be in the ODI team. With him & Trott in the first 3 it will put a great deal of pressure on the other opener to score heavily & quickly. I actually agree with Michael Vaughan who advocated Stuart Broad for the captaincy as he seems to have the charachter to drive England forwards.

    My ideal England ODI team would be: Kieswetter (wkt) Bell, Trott, Pietersen, Morgan, Bopara, Bresnan, Broad (c), Rashid, Swann, Shazhad.

    I'd also like to see Hamilton-Brown, James Taylor, Woakes, Stokes, Butler and Finn brought in to the mix over the next couple of years ahead of settling on a side to win the next World Cup.

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  • on May 4, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    I'm not convinced Cook is the answer to England's ODI captaincy as, for me, I don't think he should be in the ODI team. With him & Trott in the first 3 it will put a great deal of pressure on the other opener to score heavily & quickly. I actually agree with Michael Vaughan who advocated Stuart Broad for the captaincy as he seems to have the charachter to drive England forwards.

    My ideal England ODI team would be: Kieswetter (wkt) Bell, Trott, Pietersen, Morgan, Bopara, Bresnan, Broad (c), Rashid, Swann, Shazhad.

    I'd also like to see Hamilton-Brown, James Taylor, Woakes, Stokes, Butler and Finn brought in to the mix over the next couple of years ahead of settling on a side to win the next World Cup.

  • Gupta.Ankur on May 4, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Oh,wow! A player who was not part of their ODI team for 14months........is now their captain?

    It seems English selectors are still suffering from post Will-Kat wedding hangover!

  • on May 4, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Cook? You have better options than Cook I guess

  • kevinpp on May 4, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    @Mark Frayne-Johnson, brilliant!!! Looks like you are following county cricket so do i. But i would be tempted to put KP as captain simply because he's a guy who always need some challenge to keep himself focussed. Something like what Flower did by making him open as you know player with caliber of KP cannot be left out. Or even Bell who is calm always.

  • Trickstar on May 4, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    I'd prefer Strauss to carry on personally, he's been one of the best performers in the side these last couple of years. Cook is one of the best one day openers in CC, so it is obviously seen, as a like for like change. IMO you should always pick your best side, then pick the captain, not name him before, especially when the guy they've named, hasn't been a regular in the side the last 2 years. I actually think Cook, has the game to do the same job Strauss does, but will have to develop, a few more shots to really flourish at this level as a opener. Like someone says below, it is key, over the next 12 months, that guys like James Taylor, Woakes, Buttler and Ben Stokes are gradually brought through because IMO Taylor and Buttler could be world class and Woakes, has already got Bothamesque stats in first class cricket.

  • on May 4, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Bell should be jettisoned. He is an awful ODI player.

    Cook has been scoring good runs in limited over cricket for Essex for almost 12 months now. This is fine by me.

  • on May 4, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    i totally totally agree with u

  • Rockyyyims on May 4, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Aim! what? no. 1 side...forget it Mr. Andy Flower!!!!England can never do well in one dayers with trott,bell and bopara in the side!!!!ball-eaters are these!!!!!take a leaf out of india's books!!!no dravid or ganguly !!all stroke makers!!!get kieswetter, davies, rory hamilton brown,woakes...etc...and i almost fell of my bed laughing that now cook (another test icon) handed captaincy in odi's !!!England selectors !!leave your mad passion for test players!!!keep it for test match cricket!!!what a joke??? any one would captain well or make runs against Bangladesh!!!

  • sachin_vvsfan on May 4, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Strauss wasn't given a fair run. He did reasonably well in the shorter formats and deserves more chances. OTOH what has cook done? Yeah Piling runs against lowly Aussies in Tests?. If that is the criteria then our own vvs laxman can be the captain of T20 team.

  • bala-chala on May 4, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    I really don't understand this infatuation of ECB with the idea of having a captain who will struggle to find his place in the ODI team. Nasser Hussain, Michael Vaughan and now Alastair Cook. The English team may have 3 lions on their crests but in ODIs they are as tame as pussycats. They need some positive vibes and hence KP or Stuart Broad would be the ideal choices. I also doubt if the ECB has any long term goals at all. Ideally they should be grooming someone like Eoin Morgan for leadership roles by giving him the vice-captaincy.