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Kevin Pietersen is unveiled as England's new Test and one-day captain at Lord's

The ECB today announced that Kevin Pietersen had been named as England’s new Test and one-day captain.

He succeeds Michael Vaughan, who stepped down from the Test captaincy yesterday, and Paul Collingwood, who also announced his resignation as one-day captain.

Pietersen will lead England’s Test side for the first time in the fourth npower Test against South Africa at the Brit Oval which starts on Thursday.

The England selectors have made one change to the Test squad with Essex batsman Ravi Bopara replacing Vaughan.

The selectors have also named a 15-man squad for the NatWest Series and NatWest International Twenty20 against South Africa which includes the uncapped Nottinghamshire batsman Samit Patel and a recall for the Sussex wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

ECB national selector Geoff Miller said: “I would like to thank both Michael and Paul for their outstanding contributions to the leadership of the Test and the one-day teams. I am delighted that they will both continue to make themselves available for selection as players.

“In choosing a new captain, we were keen to identify a player who could lead the team in all three forms of cricket and bring fresh enthusiasm and ideas to the role of captain.

“Kevin is a world-class player who will command the respect of the dressing room and I am sure that he will be looking to lead from the front and work closely with both the players and the coaching staff to bring England success in the future.”

Pietersen said: “I am very thrilled and excited to have been given the opportunity to captain England. It’s a huge honour for me and a terrific challenge for me at this stage of my international career.

“I have learned a great deal about leadership from playing under both Michael and Paul and fully appreciate the level of responsibility that comes with the job of captaining your country.

“My immediate priority will be this week’s fourth npower Test match and I will be devoting all my energies to ensuring that the team is properly prepared and plays to its full potential starting on Thursday.”

England squad for fourth npower Test:

Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire, captain)
Tim Ambrose (Warwickshire)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Ravi Bopara (Essex)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Paul Collingwood (Durham)
Alastair Cook (Essex)
Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire)
Steve Harmison (Durham)
Monty Panesar (Northamptonshire)
Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire)
Andrew Strauss (Middlesex)

England squad for the NatWest Series and NatWest International Twenty20:

Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire, captain)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Ravi Bopara (Essex)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Paul Collingwood (Durham)
Alastair Cook (Essex)
Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire)
Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire)
Matt Prior (Sussex)
Owais Shah (Middlesex)
Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
Chris Tremlett (Hampshire)
Luke Wright (Sussex)

England Lions squad v South Africa (Thursday August 14, Leicester):

Robert Key (Kent, captain)
Kabir Ali (Worcestershire)
Ravi Bopara (Essex)
Joe Denly (Kent)
Simon Jones (Worcestershire)
Dimitri Mascarenhas (Hampshire)
Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire)
Matt Prior (Sussex)
Owais Shah (Middlesex)
Chris Tremlett (Hampshire)
James Tredwell (Kent)
Luke Wright (Sussex)

England Lions squad v South Africa (Saturday August 16, Derby):

Ed Joyce (Middlesex, captain)
Kabir Ali (Worcestershire)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Sajid Mahmood (Lancashire)
Dimitri Mascarenhas (Hampshire)
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire)
Darren Pattinson (Nottinghamshire)
Matt Prior (Sussex)
Owais Shah (Middlesex)
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)
Luke Wright (Sussex)