Alastair Cook will miss the upcoming tour of the West Indies as England prepare to use the series as preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
Cook leads the Test and One-Day International sides but is not part of England's Twenty20 squad, which is led by Stuart Broad.
After three Twenty20 Internationals in Australia, England will head to the West Indies to play three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals in February and March.
Then, in mid-March, they will head to Bangladesh bidding to repeat their 2010 ICC World Twenty20 success.
Following England's five-run defeat in the fifth and final ODI against Australia in Adelaide, Cook revealed that he would not be heading to the Caribbean, telling Sky Sports:
"The Twenty20 guys have got their World Cup in Bangladesh and I think we see it as a great six weeks for them to start building the team."
In his absence, Broad is likely to lead the ODI side, which was confirmed by limited overs coach Ashley Giles.
After Cook made comments after the third ODI that he was unsure about continuing in the job as ODI captain, Eoin Morgan was installed as favourite to take over should he stand down with Broad considered an alternative option.
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