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Morgan Replaces Cook As England ODI Skipper

England Cricket Board on Friday, announced an unexpected decision of sacking Alastair Cook as England one-day skipper.
England Cricket Board on Friday, announced an unexpected decision of sacking Alastair Cook as England one-day skipper.
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England Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday, announced an unexpected decision of sacking Alastair Cook as England one-day skipper.

He will be replaced by vice-captain Eoin Morgan as England aims to rebuild their one-day squad with only a couple of months to go before the prestigious ICC Cricket World Cup tournament.

Alastair Cook, 29-year-old, was informed of this decision by national selector James Whitaker only days after England coach, Peter Moores and Paul Downton, the managing director of England cricket had announced undeniable support for the under-performing ex-skipper.

After the recent 5-2 series defeat against Sri Lanka, Cook had denied any intentions to resign from his position.

However, the selectors after their meeting on Friday, unexpectedly decided to take a bold decision thus sealing Cook's fate in the ODI squad.

Cook, who was appointed as the England one-day captain in 2011, tasted early success as he admirably led his team to the top of the ICC ODI rankings in year 2012.

The decision came against the backdrop of a series of former England captains including Naseer Hussain, Alec Stewart and Michael Vaughan calling for a change in reigns following Cook's recent ghastly run with the bat and captaincy in ODI's.

Alastair Cook - ODI Captaincy record 

Matches Won Lost Tied No Result
69 36 30 1 2

Eoin Morgan, who began his cricket career with Ireland has represented England in 107 one-dayers.

Morgan has also recently led England in a one-day match against Sri Lanka as a result of Cook serving a ban due to slow over-rate.

Morgan will face a litmus test against Australia and India next month in his very first assignment as he takes charge of England's ODI outfit.

Alastair Cook - Batting records as England's ODI captain

Span Matches Runs Highest Average Strike Rate 50 100
2011-2014 69 2502 137 38.49 80.08 16 4
Last 12 months 20 523 56 27.52 71.25 1 0


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