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Pietersen named as new England captain

Kevin Pietersen has been named the new Test and one-day captain of the England cricket team. The move comes after Michael Vaughan and Paul Collingwood stepped down as Test and one-day captains respectively.

Pietersen will now lead England in the fourth and final test against South Africa on Thursday. Vaughan, who captained England at Test level for five years, has decided to take a break from the game and will be replaced by Essex's Ravi Bopara.

Yesterday a tearful Vaughan told reporters of his immediate decision to resign as England skipper: 'Today I have decided to stand down as England captain. To be honest it is the hardest decision I have ever had to make but also the easiest.' The Yorkshire player enjoyed a relatively successful reign as England captain, leading the team to their first Ashes win over Australia since 1987.

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