Cook succeeds Strauss as ODI captain
England opening batsmen Alastair Cook has today been named England’s new one-day international captain after Andrew Strauss relinquished the role he has occupied for the past two years and retired from one-day cricket.
England all-rounder Stuart Broad has also been named England Twenty20 skipper, taking over the post from Paul Collingwood after two years at the helm.
Strauss, England’s ODI captain on 62 occasions, has retired from one-day cricket to focus on the Test captaincy and pave the way for a new England leadership team across all forms of the game.
Cook captained England’s ODI team on the tour of Bangladesh in 2010, when he led both the Test and ODI teams in Strauss’ absence, and will reprise the role when England host Sri Lanka at the Kia Oval on June 28.
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.
“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 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.
“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.”
Collingwood, who captained England’s Twenty20 side on 30 occasions and oversaw their successful World Twenty20 campaign in 2010, retired from Test cricket following the Ashes earlier this year but has continued to make himself available for international limited-overs cricket.
Broad will make his debut as captain when he leads England’s Twenty20 side against Sri Lanka in Bristol on June 25.
He 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.”
Hugh Morris, managing director of England cricket, said: “Andrew Strauss has typically led from the front in his role as England’s ODI captain over the past two years and under his leadership the England team has made significant advances in limited-overs cricket.
“We fully understand and support his decision to step down as ODI captain and after a comprehensive interview process we are delighted to announce Alastair Cook as England’s new ODI captain and Stuart Broad as Twenty20 captain.
“We believe Alastair has the ability and leadership attributes to successfully continue England’s progress in one-day cricket and we’re extremely excited by what the future holds for the ODI team under Alastair’s guidance.
“Paul Collingwood has been a catalyst for England’s limited-overs success over a long period, no more so than in his role as Twenty20 captain most recently, and we thank him for the outstanding contribution he’s made as Twenty20 captain.
“Stuart Broad has proven himself to be a match-winner in all forms of the game and I know he’ll relish the opportunity to further advance his leadership credentials while working closely with both Andrew and Alastair as an exciting leadership team spanning all forms of the game.”