LONDON: Andrew Strauss will captain England for their entire tour of the West Indies, including one-day internationals and the lone Twenty20, it was announced here Friday.
Strauss, who has not played any one-day international since the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean and was not originally in the one-day squad for this tour, was confirmed Thursday by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as England’s new Test captain in a year when they face Australia for the Ashes.
He replaced Kevin Pietersen, who had been captain in all forms of cricket, after the star batsman’s fall-out with coach Peter Moores led to both men losing their posts.
However, Strauss’s position as one-day captain will be reviewed at the end of the Caribbean tour.
But England will not be appointing a new head coach for the West Indies tour, which features four Tests and five ODIs.
Instead current assistant coach Andy Flower, the former Zimbabwe batsman, and Phil Neale, England’s team operations manager, will lead the existing backroom staff when the squad departs on January 21.
England squads for the tour of the West Indies:
Andrew Strauss (captain), Tim Ambrose (wk), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart
Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Stephen Harmison, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior (wk), Adil Rashid, Owais Shah, Ryan
Sidebottom, Graeme Swann
Strauss (captain), Anderson, Bell, Ravi Bopara, Broad, Collingwood, Steven Davies (wk), Flintoff, Harmison, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Samit Patel, Pietersen, Prior, Shah, Sidebottom, Swann.
England tour of West Indies schedule:
Jan 25-27: St Kitts XI v England XI, Basseterre, St Kitts
Jan 29-31: West Indies A v England XI, Basseterre, St Kitts
Feb 04-08: WEST INDIES v ENGLAND, 1ST TEST, Kingston, Jamaica
Feb 13-17: WEST INDIES v ENGLAND, 2ND TEST, North Sound, Antigua
Feb 21-22: BCA President’s XI v England XI, venue tbc
Feb26-Mar02:WEST INDIES v ENGLAND, 3RD TEST, Bridgetown, Barbados
Mar 06-10: WEST INDIES v ENGLAND, 4TH TEST, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
Mar 14: WICB President’s XI v England XI, venue tbc
Mar 15: WEST INDIES v ENGLAND, ONLY T20, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
Mar 20: WEST INDIES v ENGLAND, 1ST 0DI, Providence, Guyana
Mar 22: WEST INDIES v ENGLAND, 2ND ODI, Providence, Guyana
Mar 27: WEST INDIES v ENGLAND, 3RD 0DI, Bridgetown, Barbados
Mar 29: WEST INDIES v ENGLAND, 4TH 0DI, Bridgetown, Barbados
Apr 03: WEST INDIES v ENGLAND, 5TH ODI, Gros Islet, St Lucia.
source : jang.com.pk