Strauss named captain for ODIs and T20

January 10th, 2009 - 10:12 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 10 (IANS) England’s new Test captain Andrew Strauss has also been appointed to lead in One-dayers and Twenty20 matches during the upcoming tour of the West Indies.Strauss was named captain of the Test side for the Caribbean tour following Kevin Pietersen’s resignation. The selectors showed faith in him in the shorter versions as well.

His position will be reviewed at the end of the trip in early April.

The transitory feel to the current set-up was underlined by the decision not to name an interim coach in place of the sacked Peter Moores.

Instead, Strauss will rely on the support of Andy Flower, the current assistant coach, and Phil Neale, the team operations manager, with the remaining members of the backroom staff chipping in before a permanent replacement for Moores can be appointed in time for the new English season, The Guardian reports.

Strauss alluded to the obvious objection to his appointment for the one-day leg of the tour, which begins with a Twenty20 international in Trinidad March 15 ahead of five one-day matches.

“I am delighted to lead the team in the one-day internationals and Twenty20. I know I haven’t played an ODI since the end of the World Cup in 2007 but I do feel that I have something to offer in that form of the game.”

Strauss will also have to deal with a shell-shocked and divided dressing room. “Now this situation has been resolved we can all unite and go about the business of winning cricket matches for England and winning them consistently,” he said.

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