Alastair Cook appointed England ODI Skipper, Broad

Published: Thursday, May 5, 2011, 16:08 [IST]
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Cook, Broad take English cricket reins

London, May 5: The England Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that Alastair Cook will take over the reins of One Day International captaincy from Andrew Strauss while Stuart Broad will lead the T20 side.

As a result of the new-appointments, England will now have three different captains for the three different formats of the game. Andy Flower, who was recently given a permanent contract as the Director of the England Cricket team was excited about the new appointments and said, "We do not know 100% whether it will work and be the most efficient system."

He went on to say, "We feel their development and what they can give to England in the medium to long term is very important...Since it became clearer in his (Strauss's) mind how he wanted to progress, then it became clearer in my mind."

Speaking about the rotation policy, the former Zimbabwean wicket-keeper- batsman said, "We are still learning how to use a rotation policy most effectively. The reason for it is to get the optimum performance out of the players we are talking about. This is not about rest."

Outgoing ODI skipper Andrew Strauss said, "It would be wrong for us not to tap into each other's ideas and resources. As long as there are clear lines of responsibility. This is a great way for widening the net for ideas and strategies."

Strauss had earlier hinted that he wanted to quit ODI captaincy and would like to focus on the Test role. But the replacement of Paul Collingwood, comes a bit of a surprise as it was under him that the English side won the T20 World Championships barely a year ago.

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