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Morgan 'honoured' to be chosen as captain

England's new one-day cricket captain has said it is a "huge honour" to be chosen for the role.

New captain Eoin Morgan Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Eoin Morgan said: “It is a huge honour to captain England and I am delighted to be leading the one-day side.

"I firmly believe that with the players currently involved in the one-day set up we have the makings of a very good one-day side, a young side that can surprise people at the World Cup."

Cook 'gutted' to miss out on World Cup squad place

England's former one-day cricket captain Alistair Cook has said he feels "gutted" after losing out on a place in England's World Cup cricket squad.

Alastair Cook has been left out of England's World Cup cricket squad Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Speaking today, as Eoin Morgan was announced as his replacement for the captaincy, Cook said: “I am gutted to be left out of the World Cup squad and it is likely to take me a while to get over the disappointment.

"That said I wish Peter, Eoin and the lads all the best for the World Cup."


Morgan replaces Cook as England One-Day captain

Eoin Morgan has replaced Alistair Cook as England one-day cricket captain.

Eoin Morgan has replaced Alastair Cook as England One-Day captain with immediate effect Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The ECB announced the new captaincy today saying the appointment would take place with immediate effect.

National Selector James Whitaker said: “We spent a considerable time yesterday discussing the make up of a squad that gives England the best possible chance of success at the World Cup which begins in less than two months.

"Having reviewed the recent series against Sri Lanka we came to the conclusion that there was no place for Alastair Cook amongst our strongest 15 one-day players and therefore recommended Eoin Morgan be appointed One-Day captain.”

Cook to be removed as England one-day captain

Alastair Cook has struggled in the shorter game. Credit: PA

Alastair Cook is to relieved of his duties as England one-day captain after a poor run of personal and team form, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph.

The opener is set to be replaced with Eoin Morgan, when a 15-man squad is named on Saturday for an upcoming series in Australia ahead of the World Cup in February.

England selectors made the decision after a meeting at Trent Bridge on Friday.

Essex batsman Cook will continue in his role as Test captain.

The ECB are yet to confirm Cook's departure.

Pietersen open to England return

Kevin Pietersen would be willing to return to international duty. Credit: PA

Kevin Pietersen insisted he would listen to any offer to return as England selectors met on Friday to decide which players are set for World Cup duty.

The batsman's international career looks to be over after he was ditched from the England set-up following last winter's heavy Ashes defeat, and went on to write a controversial autobiography.

But Pietersen wrote on Twitter as the selectors prepared to mull their options that his "phone is on" and, in response to a fellow user asking if he would take a call from the England management, he replied: "Of course!"

Former Australia bowler: Give Ireland Test cricket

Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie believes Ireland should be given full-Test status in an attempt to garner interest in the longer format.

Yorkshire coach Gillespie thinks there's a lack of interest in the five-day game outside it's core countries.

"Let's face it, outside of Australia and England -- and to a lesser extent South Africa -- people don't turn up to watch test cricket. That's just the way it is. And it's sad," Gillespie told All Out Cricket.

Jason Gillespie wants cricket livening up. Credit: PA

"One fantastic way to give test cricket a lift straight away would be to give Ireland full test status.

"It's something that should happen sooner rather than later from the ICC. Imagine if Ireland were given test status: that would be huge news in world cricket, and it would be a massively positive story for the world game.

"The ICC and all the national boards talk a lot about the importance of protecting the integrity of test cricket. If it is that important, then we should look to improve it, and in my view including Ireland would improve it."


Billings replaces Kieswetter in England World Cup squad

Billings comes in for Kieswetter. Credit: PA

England have officially added Kent wicketkeeper Sam Billings to their provisional World Cup squad, in place of Craig Kieswetter.

The International Cricket Council acceded to England's request to add uncapped 23-year-old Billings, following Kieswetter's announcement that he is likely to be unavailable for the whole of 2015 due to injury.

The Somerset wicketkeeper has suffered complications to an eye problem, having resumed playing since being hit in the face by a short ball last summer only to encounter subsequent difficulties with his vision.

The Cricket World Cup begins in February next year in Australia and New Zealand.

Woakes takes six wickets against Sri Lanka

Chris Woakes, without hat, earned five wickets. Credit: Reuters

England managed to restrict Sri Lanka to 239 all-out in their fifth one-day international in Pallekele.

Chris Woakes was the pick of the bowlers, collecting six wickets for 47 runs.

Sri Lanka No.3 Kumar Sangakkarra top scored with 91 for the hosts.

Smith hails centurion captain Clarke

Australia batsman Steve Smith has hailed captain Michael Clarke after he hit a century in the first Test Match following close friend Phil Hughes' death.

Clarke, who retired hurt at one stage, struck 128 as Australia made it to 517-7 at the close of play.

Michael Clarke battled through to his century. Credit: PA

"He's (Clarke) done amazing over the last couple of weeks," Smith told a press conference.

"I think it's been tough for all of us, but he's spent the whole time by Hughesy's family's side and just the strength and courage he showed throughout those times was unbelievable.

"He must be mentally drained coming into this game, but I think the way he played speaks the words for that guy. He came out here and he tried to do something for Hughesy and he certainly did that."

Sri Lanka spinner returns after ban lifted

Sachithra Senanayake is back for Sri Lanka. Credit: PA

Sri Lanka have recalled spin bowler Sachithra Senanayake just 24 hours after his ban was lifted.

The spinner was not allowed to play due to a suspect action, but was permitted to return.

England won the toss and elected to bowl. Seamer Steven Finn got an early breakthrough for the tourists, dismissing Kusal Perera for a duck.

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