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Strauss to replace KP as Eng skipper

cricket Updated: Jan 08, 2009 00:22 IST

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Opening batsman Andrew Strauss is set to take over as captain of the England cricket team after current skipper Kevin Pietersen and coach Peter Moores resigned from their jobs earlier in the day, leaving English cricket in an unexpected crisis.

According to media reports England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has accepted the resignations of Pietersen and Moores, who put down their papers after ECB snubbed them for making their spats over the team selection issues public.

According to a Sky Sports News report, both the coach and the captain stepped down from the posts after their fragile working relationship reached its breaking point ahead of the West Indies tour.

"The ECB are believed to have held an emergency tele-conference of their 12-man executive board on Tuesday evening to discuss the rift between coach and captain. The outcome of those discussions appears to have prompted both men to quit.

"Andy Flower, who worked as batting coach under Moores, is set to be interim coach in the Caribbean, with opening batsman Andrew Strauss favourite to be named captain," a report said.

Strauss, who hit back-to-back centuries during England's recent recent Test tour India, has captained England before.

The ECB executive board held a teleconference late last night during which Hugh Moriss, the managing director of England cricket, was handed a mandate to take drastic action.

It appears Morris has canvassed the England players and backroom staff and that there was not a consensus of support behind the captain.

It is also apparent that the ECB are keen to avoid setting a precedent that enables the captain to call the shots and dictate the structure of the side's management.

The ECB was miffed with both as they made their spat a public spectacle, much to the embarrassment of the Board.

Moores, as coach, was part of the selection committee which ignored Michael Vaughan for the West Indies tour, a decision that miffed Pietersen who wanted the former captain in the side.

But their relationship had soured even earlier and Pietersen apparently was not happy with Moores' inputs during the two-match Test series in India which they lost 0-1.

According to media reports, Pietersen didn't hold Moores in very high esteem as a coach and was in fact keen to have his mentor and Kent coach Graham Ford in the charge.

Pietersen was keen to resolve the issue before starting for the West Indies and had said, "This situation is not healthy, we have to make sure it is settled as soon as possible and certainly before we fly off to the West Indies. Everybody has to have the same aims and pull in the same direction for the good of the England team."