Collingwood named England captain

London, June 22:

Paul Collingwood was named captain of England’s one-day cricket team on Friday.

Collingwood succeeded Michael Vaughan, who stepped down after England’s lackluster performance at this year’s World Cup. Collingwood gets his first chance to lead the side in a one-day match on July 1 when England play West Indies at Lord’s in the first of three games. Vaughan, who is still captain of the Test team, was dropped from the squad on Friday.

“We were keen to identify the best way for the team to play in the one-day game, pick players who can perform certain roles and keep one eye on the need to build towards the World Cup in 2011,” chairman of selectors David Graveney said.

Collingwood, one of the team’s few successes in the World Cup, has four centuries from 121 one-day matches and an average of 34.89. Only batsman Kevin Pietersen scored more runs and had a better average for England than Collingwood in the Caribbean. Collingwood scored 276 runs at an average of 46 from the middle order and took six wickets with his medium pace.

Of the 15 players from England’s World Cup squad, only seven made the 14-man group for the matches against West Indies.

Paul Nixon, Ravi Bopara, Ed Joyce, Andrew Flintoff, Andrew Strauss, Jamie Dalrymple and Sajid Mahmood were left out, while Vaughan’s was the highest profile omission. The squad included two new players in Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott and Hampshire all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas. Mascarenhas could play because Flintoff and Bopara are out injured. The same 14-man squad will play two Twenty20 internationals against West Indies next week before the start of the ODIs.

England SQUAD: Paul Collingwood (captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Liam Plunkett, Matt Prior, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Jonathan Trott, Michael Yardy.