The English Cricket Board (ECB) have sacked Alastair Cook as the England ODI captain. Eoin Morgan will now lead the side in the tri-series and the ICC World Cup 2015.
Cook’s sacking has not come as a surprise because his ODI batting form dipped considerably this year and his tactics as a captain also came under the scanner. Under his leadership this year, England lost (5-0) to Australia, (3-2) to Sri Lanka, (3-1) to India and (5-2) to Sri Lanka. The (5-2) drubbing against Sri Lanka came some days back only and from there on, it became almost certain that England will have a new captain for the World Cup.
Alastair Cook was gutted to lose the captaincy but thanked all his teammates for giving him the much-needed suport during his captaincy stint.
“I am gutted to be left out of the World Cup squad and it is likely to take me a while to get over the disappointment.
“That said I wish Peter Moores, Eoin and the lads all the best for the World Cup. I would also like to thank all the players and fans who have supported me during my time as one-day captain.”
Cook captained England in a total of 69 matches, out of which, they won 36, lost 30 and 3 were no results. With this, Alex Hales is most likely candidate to take his place up the order in the tri-series and the World Cup.
Paul Downton, The Managing Director of English Cricket said that decision made by the selectors has been in the best interest of the team. He also said that Cook still remains a vital part in the development of the Test side.
“I have complete confidence in the decision made by the selectors, and having spent time with Alastair he accepts that it has been made in the best interests of the one-day side.
“Alastair remains an integral part of England cricket and continues to have a vital role in developing our emerging Test side. I would like to thank him for his leadership of the one-day side since 2011, a period which saw the team reach number one in the world,” Downton said.
Eoin Morgan, the newly appointed ODI captain said that he is honoured to lead England and expressed confidence that this young England side will surely do well in the World Cup.
Morgan was quoted in saying:
“It is a huge honour to captain England and I am delighted to be leading the one-day side. I firmly believe that with the players currently involved in the one-day set up we have the makings of a very good one-day side, a young side that can surprise people at the World Cup.
“We all recognise we still have a lot of work to do on our one-day game but the potential of this group of players is huge and it is now up to us as players to turn that potential into consistent performances on the international stage starting next month against Australia and India.”
ECB is expected to announce the touring party for the tri-series and the World Cup by the evening of December 20th (IST) and we could well see some other exciting talents like Jason Roy and Gary Ballance getting picked in the squad.
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