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Cook to head England ODI team

In a major leadership reshuffle, opening batsman Alastair Cook was on Thursday named England's new ODI skipper and young paceman Stuart Broad was appointed Twenty20 captain.

cricket Updated: May 06, 2011 00:23 IST
Alastair Cook

In a major leadership reshuffle, opening batsman Alastair Cook was on Thursday named England's new ODI skipper and young paceman Stuart Broad was appointed Twenty20 captain.

Cook took over from Andrew Strauss, who has retired from ODI cricket while Broad replaced Paul Collingwood, who had led the national side to World Twenty20 title last year.

Strauss had quit ODI captaincy after the World Cup to concentrate on Test cricket and it left Andy Flower and the ECB with no choice but to go for a new captain.

Now England have three different captains for all three formats of the game. Strauss, who led the side for 62 ODIs said, "Retiring from one-day cricket will enable me to focus on the Test captaincy and our ongoing development in the Test arena."

'Big bash' to have room for two tests
Melbourne: One of the marquee events in international cricket, the Test series between Australia and South Africa later this year has shrunk to an unprecedented two-match affair to accommodate the lucrative Champions League Twenty20 in India, according to a report.

The official itinerary of Australia's October-November tour of South Africa is yet to be announced but according to Daily Telegraph, for the first time there will be room for only two Tests, along with two Twenty20 International matches and three ODIs.

All differences with mohsin sorted: PCB
Karachi: Pakistan's cricket board chief Ijaz Butt Thursday said that differences between the board and its chief selector Mohsin Khan have been resolved. The selector had reservations over the 15-man squad announced for this month's Test series against the West Indies and threatened to resign.

"Mohsin and I had a fruitful meeting today and we had a discussion on a number of matters. We also discussed some of the issues that were appearing in the media. I am pleased to inform that there are currently no unresolved issues between the PCB and Mohsin Hasan Khan," Butt said.