Alastair Cook as captain of ODI's & Stuart Broad ...

Alastair Cook as captain of ODI's & Stuart Broad as T20's

Tags: England, Andrew John Strauss, Alastair Nathan Cook, Paul David Collingwood, Stuart Christopher John Broad, Team Captain

Published on: May 07, 2011

England have named Alastair Cook as captain of their One-Day International team and Stuart Broad as skipper of their Twenty20 side following Andrew Strauss's decision to retire from limited overs cricket at international level.

England have named Alastair Cook as captain of their One-Day International team and Stuart Broad as skipper of their Twenty20 side following Andrew Strauss's decision to retire from limited overs cricket at international level.

Broad replaces Paul Collingwood, England's ICC World Twenty20 2010-winning captain and will lead the side as they build up to the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

Strauss has retired to focus on leading the Test side - England 2/5 to beat Sri Lanka this summer - and the England & Wales Cricket Board have decided against taking the opportunity to hand the captaincy of all three formats to one person - last tried with Kevin Pietersen in 2008.

"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," Strauss 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."

Cook added "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.

"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."

Broad, who unlike Cook has never captained his country, 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 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."

The news comes shortly after the ECB confirmed that team director Andy Flower had signed a new contract following the Ashes success in the winter and progress to the World Cup quarter-finals.

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