Sunday 26 January 2014 

Cook To Miss West Indies Tour

Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook will miss England's tour of the West Indies
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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.

© Cricket World 2014

 
Fixtures & Results

28th February: 1st ODI, Antigua
West Indies 269-6 (DJ Bravo 87no) beat
England 254-6 (Lumb 106, Narine 2-36) by 15 runs
2nd March: 2nd ODI, Antigua
England 163-7 (Bopara 38no, Miller 2-28) beat
West Indies 159 (Simmons 70) by 3 wickets
5th March: 3rd ODI, Antigua
England 303-6 (Root 107, Buttler 99) beat
West Indies 278 (Ramdin 128) by 25 runs
9th March: 1st T20I, Barbados
West Indies 170-3 (Samuels 69no) beat
England 143-9 (Badree 3-17) by 27 runs
11th March: 2nd T20I, Barbados
West Indies 155-5 (Gayle 36, Sammy 30no) beat
England 152-7 (Santokie 4-21) by 5 wickets
13th March: 3rd T20I, Barbados
England 165-6 (Lumb 63, Hales 38) beat
West Indies 160-7 (Jordan 3-39) by 5 runs