Andrew McGlashan in ESPNcricinfo.com. 24 September 2014 …where blog comments can also be found
Alastair Cook has been confirmed as England’s captain for the World Cup while James Taylor has been given the chance to make a late claim for a place at the tournament and Ravi Bopara has the opportunity to revive his one-day career after both were named in England’s 16-man squad for the tour of Sri Lanka which starts in November.
Despite England’s poor one-day record since reaching the final of the Champions Trophy – they have won just one bilateral series, against West Indies, and Cook was not captain on that occasion – he has the chance to play his first World Cup although the suggestion was that it was not a completely straightforward decision.
“We debated all the positions in the team and Alastair’s was no different, but we are 100% committed behind Alastair Cook to captain not only in Sri Lanka but also the World Cup,” James Whitaker, the national selector, said. “He’s had his ups and downs the summer but he shown immense dignity and fortitude and we are 100% behind him.” Read the rest of this entry ?