ECB confirms Strauss as England Test captain

Updated: 08 January 2009 16:37 IST

The ECB confirmed Andrew Strauss as England's new Test captain. Strauss will lead England to the Caribbean on the tour which from January 21.

ECB confirms Strauss as England Test captain

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

Topics : Cricket Eoin Morgan Andrew Strauss Lalit Modi
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