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Strauss to lead England on West Indies tour

Andrew Strauss will replace Kevin Pietersen as captain of England's cricket squad for its forthcoming tour of the West Indies, though no new head coach has been appointed yet. Strauss hasn't played a one-day international game since 2007.

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AFP - Andrew Strauss will captain England for their entire tour of the West Indies, including one-day internationals and the lone Twenty20, it was announced here Friday.

Strauss, who hasn't played a one-day international since the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean and wasn't orginally in the limited overs squad for this tour, was confirmed Thursday by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as England's new Test captain in a year when they face Australia for the Ashes.

He replaced Kevin Pietersen, who had been captain in all forms of cricket, after the star batsman's fall-out with coach Peter Moores led to both men losing their posts.

However, Strauss's position as one-day captain will be reviewed at the end of the Caribbean tour.

England national selector Geoff Miller, who met with Strauss on Friday, said in an ECB statement: "The selectors feel that it is important to have stability and continuity on the Caribbean tour given the events of the last few days.

"Andrew and I have also agreed that we will review the one-day captaincy at the end of the tour. Andrew is extremely comfortable with that."

Opening batsman Strauss, 31, said: "I am delighted to lead the team in the one-day internationals and Twenty20.

"I know I haven't played an ODI since the end of the World Cup in 2007 but I do feel that I have something to offer in that form of the game.

"Now this situation has been resolved we can now all unite and get about the business of winning cricket matches for England and winning them consistently," the Middlesex left-hander insisted.

But while the issue of the limited overs captaincy has been settled, for the time being at least, the question of who will be the new England head coach is still to be resolved.

England will not be appointing an new head coach for the West Indies tour, which features four Tests and five ODIs.

Instead current assistant coach Andy Flower, the former Zimbabwe batsman, and Phil Neale, England's team operations manager, will lead the existing backroom staff when the squad departs on January 21.

"We have a backroom team with a proven track record," said Hugh Morris, the England cricket managing director.

"They will all work very closely with Andrew Strauss during this tour with the sole aim of securing success in the Test, ODI and T20 matches.’



England squads for the tour of the West Indies:

Test squad

Andrew Strauss (capt), Tim Ambrose (wkt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Stephen Harmison, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior (wkt), Adil Rashid, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann



One-Day squad

Strauss (capt), Anderson, Bell, Ravi Bopara, Broad, Collingwood, Steven Davies (wkt), Flintoff, Harmison, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Samit Patel, Pietersen, Prior, Shah, Sidebottom, Swann

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