New Delhi:The English Cricket Board on Thursday confirmed Andrew Strauss as England's new Test captain. Strauss will lead England to the Caribbean on the tour which begins in St Kitts on January 21.
The selectors are scheduled to meet on Friday morning to discuss the make up of the squad and the captaincy for the one-day and Twenty20 Internationals.
Strauss last captained England in 2006 against Pakistan when Michael Vaughan was injured and led to a 2-0 series victory.
Strauss expressed his gratitude for the honour to lead the side but he also added that the new role was a challenging one in the present circumstances.
"It is a great honour to be named as England captain and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead. I recognise that this isn't the easiest time to take the role but clearly we have some exciting and world class players in our dressing room and the task ahead is to ensure that we play to the best of our ability in the months and years ahead", he said.
England tour of the West Indies 2009:
Jan 21: England team arrives, St Kitts
Jan 25-27: Three-day match vs St Kitts & Nevis Invitation XI, Warner Park, St Kitts
Jan 29-31: Three-day first-class match vs West Indies A, Warner Park, St Kitts
Feb 4-8: First Test, Sabina Park, Jamaica
Feb 13-17: Second Test, Sir Viv Richards Stadium, Antigua
Feb 21-22: Two-day match vs BCA President's XI, Barbados
Feb 26-March 2: Third Test, Kensington Oval, Barbados
March 6-10: Fourth Test, Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad
March 14: One-day match vs WIPA President's Select, Trinidad
March 15: Twenty20 international, Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad
March 20: First One-Day International, Providence, Guyana
March 22: Second One-Day International, Providence, Guyana
March 27: Third One-Day International, Kensington Oval, Barbados
March 29: Fourth One-Day International, Kensington Oval, Barbados
April 3: Fifth One-Day International, Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia - day/night
April 4: England team departs for UK