Essex batsman Alastair Cook has been named the new Test captain of the England cricket team.
Cook replaces Andrew Strauss who retires from professional cricket with immediate effect.
The former pupil at Bedford school said he was immensely proud to be named his country's new captain.
In a statement released by the England and Wales Cricket Board, Cook said:
Cook will also continue to lead the one day side.
The 27-year-old paid tribute to his predecessor who said England's recent success was largely due to the work of the South African-born Middlesex player.
Strauss, 35, retires after 14 years in the professional game.
“I am extremely proud of everything I have achieved as a cricketer, and I have found myself very fortunate to play in an era when some of English cricket's greatest moments have occurred. I have loved every minute of it. All that remains is for me to wish Andy, Alastair and the rest of the team the very best for the coming months. I will be an interested spectator.”
David Collier, ECB Chief Executive, commented: “I would like to congratulate Alastair on becoming Test captain. He has shown he has the traits needed to be a successful captain and has demonstrated his leadership capabilities as one day captain over the last 16 months. On behalf of the ECB I would like to wish Alastair and Andy Flower all the very best for the exciting challenges that lie ahead.”