London - Eoin Morgan has replaced the out-of-form Alastair Cook as England's
Cricket World Cup captain, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced
Cook has scored just one fifty in his last 22 one-day
innings for England and has paid the price for failing to stop the rot
during his country's recent 5-2 series defeat in Sri Lanka.
will lead the side for the tri-series in Australia after Christmas and
then the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February and March,
with Cook playing no part but staying on as Test captain.
statement read: "ECB today (Saturday) announced that Eoin Morgan has
replaced Alastair Cook as England one-day captain with immediate effect.
recommended to managing director England cricket Paul Downton a change
in captaincy, which has now been approved by the ECB chairman. Cook will
continue as England Test captain."
After England's series-ending
defeat in Colombo on Tuesday, Cook, who has not scored a one-day century
since June 2012, conceded he could have "no complaints" if he lost the
But the decision to remove him from the role
with the World Cup looming is still a major reversal by Downton and head
coach Peter Moores, who have given Cook absolute backing this year.
who turns 30 on Thursday, said: "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
"That said, I wish Peter, 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."
Morgan described being handed the captaincy as "a huge honour".
28-year-old Irishman added: "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
Morgan's elevation to the
captaincy represents a U-turn by the ECB, which had cited the need to
give Cook full support as one of the reasons behind its decision to end
Kevin Pietersen's England career earlier this year.
But Downton said he had "complete confidence" in the decision made by the selectors.
spent time with Alastair yesterday (Friday), he accepts that it has
been made in the best interests of the one-day side," he said.
"Eoin has held a senior role in our limited-overs teams for some time and has impressed on the occasions he has led the side."
added: "Alastair remains an integral part of England cricket and
continues to have a vital role in developing our emerging Test side.
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,
Alastair lead the team to more wins than any previous England captain
and also make the final of the ICC Champions Trophy."
Cook led England in six of their seven matches in Sri Lanka, making just 119 runs at an average of 19.83.
made 90 at 12.85. He also led the team in the other fixture, a defeat
for which Cook was banned because of an over-rate offence.
omission was one of three changes to the squad that toured Sri Lanka,
with Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance coming in and seamers James
Anderson and Stuart Broad returning from injury.
Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes and Nottinghamshire bowler Harry Gurney were the other players to make way.
will travel to Australia on January 6 for the tri-series, which also
features India. They open their World Cup campaign against Australia in
Melbourne on February 14.
England World Cup squad:Moeen
Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad,
Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan (captain),
Joe Root, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes