England in West Indies 2013-14 January 26, 2014

Cook to miss West Indies series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Alastair Cook's next international match will not be until the English season after he confirmed he would sit out the short one-day series in West Indies.

The move was always on the cards after the demands on Cook during the Ashes tour and also because the West Indies trip comes just before the World Twenty20, in which Cook will not play. Stuart Broad, the T20 captain, is expected to step up and make use of an extended opportunity to work with England's limited-overs coach, Ashley Giles.

Asked on Sky Sports if he would be on the West Indies tour, Cook said: "No I won't be. The Twenty20 guys have got their World Cup in Bangladesh and I think we see it as a great six weeks for them to start building the team.

"They're never together very often and it gives them, and Broady and 'Gilo' time, to really have six weeks together to build for Bangladesh."

Although there are three ODIs in the Caribbean before the three T20s, which Cook could have captained to further expand his skills ahead of the World Cup next year, it has been viewed as the chance to give him a longer break and allow the Twenty20 players some extra match practice even if it is a longer format.

The one-day leg of the tour is now likely to be captained by Broad, who leads the T20 side, although Eoin Morgan would be another option and has been touted as the man to captain the 50-over side in the long term.

However, after voicing doubts over his captaincy future after the defeat in Sydney last week, Cook was more buoyant about his role in Perth and said he was "desperate" to carry on as both the ODI and Test captain despite the debilitating tour of Australia. He is due to have talks with Andy Flower, England's team director, and Paul Downton, the new managing director, about future planning once back in the UK.

Pending any further changes of heart, his first match back in England colours could be the ODI against Scotland on May 9 or the start of the one-day series against Sri Lanka on May 20. England's schedule has been switched for the 2014 season with the Tests not starting until June 12 at Lord's.

"It has been a challenging tour for me. I can't not say that," Cook said. "It's been a real tough tour for me. I am not exhausted, but I'm ready to put the pads away for a couple of weeks or so. I will enjoy seeing my pregnant wife. I'll enjoy seeing a few sheep [on the family farm] for a bit.''

Cook can be expected to be in action for Essex at the start of the English county season, which begins for his team on April 7 with a match against Cambridge MCCU although his first outing may come the following week in the County Championship opener against Derbyshire from April 13. England's Test players, especially those not part of the World T20, are expected to feature heavily at the start of the county season.

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  • Dummy4 on January 30, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Broad is not the suitable replacement. Give Morgan a chance to captain. James Taylor should be there. Don't pick DERNBACH or Briggs. Bring Alex Hales and Finn

  • John on January 28, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    @Srini9 on (January 27, 2014, 1:14 GMT) That's a daft comparison. KP not playing is likely to be a joint decision between him and ECB probably made when they negotiated contracts.In fact the ODI squad was announced before the Ashes series in Australia started so unless England managed to predict KP was to go through a lean patch how can anyone say he has been left out on form?

  • Paulo on January 27, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    West Indies should be a tour of experimentation. Morgan captain (good tactically, strong leader, automatic selection, doesn't play too often as no test matches).

    Bell and Cook to play just tests and help rebuild the side. Bopara, Bresnan, Rankin should have all played their last ever matches for England in any format. Bopara especially- he is a finisher who can't finish games, and a batsman who can't bat. Average of 30. Always gets out in chases (bar Dublin).

    We almost never score 300. We have won 1 series since South Africa. In the champions trophy, the only matches we won were against Australia- who were there for the taking, New Zealand in a T20, and South Africa missing Kallis, Smith, Morkel and Steyn.

    1.Hales 2.Moeen Ali 3.Taylor 4.Morgan 5.Ballance 6.Buttler 7&8 (2 out of Woakes/Stokes/Borthwick) 9.Broad 10.Jordan 11.Briggs/Topley. Other reserves Vince and Davies.

    KP, Root, Anderson and Finn to come back in the summer. Willey to get a go when fit as well.

  • Dummy4 on January 27, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Broad to continue to captain the T20s is a poor decision. He is at best petulant and needs to be controlled by a strong captain. Moreover, some of his field choices beggar belief! England in turmoil at present ... paid to much banking on Pieterson, Trott and Swann ... all gone now, so is their flair!

  • Dummy4 on January 27, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    This ODI series is waste of time and I can't believe there will be that much interest in it. And playing T20 games in the West Indies, in preparation for very different conditions in Bangladesh, would also seem to be of limited value. The England players may not deserve a rest, but they clearly need one.

  • SR on January 27, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    @Raj Sundararaman: Depression can be debilitating; it has NOTHING to do with not being "man enough" to deal with.

    As for the issue of Cook and the captaincy, I like the chap, but he lacks any imagination or chutzpah as a skipper. He might be able to get away with it in tests - though this Ashes series proved he couldn't - but he seems befuddled with it comes to ODIs. That having been said, Broad does not a captain make. He is far too immature, and sends the wrong message for the game. England would benefit greatly with Eoin Morgan skippering the ODI and T20 sides. That will (I am hopeful) give Morgan the confidence he needs to get back into the test side, which desperately needs some of his fearless attitude. A batting lineup that includes KP. Morgan, Stokes and Buttler would do wonders for the English test side. Too bad the ECB selectors are too timid and myopic to see that.

  • John on January 27, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    And a specialist batting coach who stresses the importance of being busy at the crease ,looking for singles from the word go.Batsmen in this format at this level should be able to get singles off pretty much every ball from when they come to the crease.And getting set should mean looking for singles from ball 1 until you get a bad ball or until you feel in the zone to play more expansively rather than just seeing off balls and waiting for the bad balls. When Jos/ Morgan were together the other day Jos had scored something like 25 from 18 balls and think he only played one aggressive shot and I'm not sure if he'd even hit a 4.It was a combo of a busy mindset/busy running and seeing where the fielders are and putting the ball elsewhere. Also it creates pressure making mistakes which then leads to loose deliveries which leads to boundary balls. Better to score at 5/6 an over just by having busy mindset comb with aggressive running that 4/5 an over just waiting on the loose balls

  • John on January 27, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    I also feel we need a specialist ODI bowling coach - someone who can teach full balls/yorkers on top of the variations we already have. Not sure if Ian Harvey has any coaching qualifications? He was huge for Gloucs in their era of OD success

  • John on January 27, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Have said many times before - even when we were winning - that I wasn't convinced by our whole set up. I wouldn't mind a set up where there were no/few test players for various reasons and a captain who doesnt play test cricket. I feel you want a captain to be an ever present in the ODI side and ANY test player wont be an ever present in the Enf SF sides these days. Morgan I feel is the best candidate. Cook isnt a player who seems to be able to think on his feet and change tact if necessary. Morgan is unproven but I feel he has a great mindset for the job and he can obviously think on his feet and his experience in global T20 competitions will have also served him well.

  • John on January 27, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    @Srini9 on (January 27, 2014, 1:14 GMT) That's a daft comparison. KP not playing is likely to be a joint decision between him and ECB probably made when they negotiated contracts.In fact the ODI squad was announced before the Ashes series in Australia started so unless England managed to predict KP was to go through a lean patch how can anyone say he has been left out on form?

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