Cook to lead England at CWC

2014-09-24 15:51
Alastair Cook (AFP)

London - England captain Alastair Cook will lead the side at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after being named on Wednesday as skipper for an upcoming one-day international series in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, national selector James Whitaker confirmed.

"He will be our leader at the World Cup," Whitaker told Sky Sports after the 16-man squad for a seven-match ODI series in Sri Lanka in November and December was announced.

Left-handed opening batsman Cook faced questions over his form and leadership throughout all of England's recent home campaign but answered his Test critics by leading the side to a 3-1 series win over India following a defeat by Sri Lanka.

However, doubts about his suitability for white-ball cricket persisted following a 3-1 one-day international series loss to world champions India that included several thumping defeats.

But despite a strike-rate of under 80, relatively slow by modern one-day standards, he has, as widely forecast, retained his place as both captain and opener in the one-day set-up.

England have never won the World Cup in nearly 40 years' of trying.

The 11th edition takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29, 2015.

England squad to tour Sri Lanka:

Alastair Cook (Esses, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Jos Buttler (Lancashire, wkt), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)


Nov 21: 1st warm-up v Sri Lanka A (Day), Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo

Nov 23: 2nd warm-up v Sri Lanka A (Day), Tamil Union Oval, Colombo

Nov 26: 1st ODI (Day/Night), Colombo

Nov 29: 2nd ODI (Day), Colombo

Dec 03: 3rd ODI (D/N), Hambantota

Dec 06: 4th ODI (Day), Colombo

Dec 10: 5th ODI (D/N), Pallekelle

Dec 13: 6th ODI (Day), Pallekelle

Dec 16: 7th ODI (D/N), Colombo

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