Alastair Cook made England one-day captain

After England’s disastrous recent one-day performances – including a shocking effort at the last World Cup – it’s no surprise to see Andrew Strauss stepping down as ODI captain. He has been replaced with Alastair Cook, who was the outstanding batsmen in the last Ashes series.

Cook was entrusted with the captaincy partly because of the success he had in the role as a stand-in during last year’s tour on Bangladesh. While Strauss was rested Cook captained the side for three matches, winning them all and averaging 52 at the top of the batting order. Strauss will remain captain for the test side.

‘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,’ said Cook. ‘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.’

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