Graeme Swann named England T20 captain

Updated: 14 September 2011 16:09 IST

Graeme Swann will captain England in the two-match Twenty20 series against West Indies later this month in the absence of Stuart Broad and Eoin Morgan.

Graeme Swann named England T20 captain

Graeme Swann will captain England in the two-match Twenty20 series against West Indies later this month in the absence of Stuart Broad and Eoin Morgan.


Broad, the regular Twenty20 captain who began his reign earlier this season against Sri Lanka, was ruled out of the remainder of England's home season, as well as the five-match ODI series in India next month. He sustained a muscle tear to his right shoulder in the fourth ODI against India at Lord's. Morgan, Broad's vice-captain, was earlier ruled out until January with his own shoulder problem.

With Kevin Pietersen continuing his rest period, Swann was one of the few viable options within the current Twenty20 set-up. The other route would have been to give the job to Alastair Cook, the ODI captain, but that would have disrupted the top order which Andy Flower is trying to form ahead of England's defence of their World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka next September.

Two uncapped players - Yorkshire's Jonathan Bairstow and Hampshire's Danny Briggs - have been included in the 14-man squad. There is also a Twenty20 recall for James Anderson who hasn't played the shortest format for England since November 2009.

"Graeme Swann is a highly respected member of the England side and his experience and leadership qualities will be invaluable when he leads a young England team next week - a role he is very much looking forward to," Geoff Miller, the national selector, said.

"We have once again selected a blend of experienced international performers along with exciting young players with a great deal of talent," Miller added. "We have had a successful summer to date and will be looking to continue our form during the Twenty20 series against West Indies and finish the summer with two strong performances.

"We have selected ten of the players who were involved in last month's Twenty20 victory over India while the injuries to Stuart Broad and Eoin Morgan and the continued period of rest for Kevin Pietersen means we bring four players into the squad; James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Scott Borthwick and Danny Briggs."

Borthwick made his international debut against Ireland, in Dublin, last month while Bairstow was in that squad but didn't make the final XI. There are four spinners in the party which is a clear indication that the selectors are using the two matches against West Indies as a chance to look ahead at their options for the World Twenty20.

Squad: Graeme Swann (capt), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Scott Borthwick, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter (wk), Samit Patel, Ben Stokes.



Topics : Cricket Australia West Indies England Kevin Pietersen Andrew Strauss Darren Sammy Chris Gayle Graeme Swann
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