Collingwood confirmed as Twenty20 captain

May 1, 2009 at 12:35 pm Leave a comment

Paul Collingwood has been named as England’s Twenty20 captain for the Twenty20 World Cup. He will take charge of a side with uncapped Eion Morgan and Graham Napier, while Key and Foster return to the international fold. There were few surprises in this squad announcement with the selectors combining international experience with twenty20 specialists.

Foster’s inclusion in the team sees Prior miss out, with doubts over his batting in this format. Robert Key is likely to take a place at the top of the order alongside Ravi Bopara. Exciting duo of Napier and Morgan have been named after eye catching displays in last years limited overs season. There is a place in the side however for Ryan Sidebottom despite struggling with injuries, Flintoff is expected recover in time to take his place in the team.

Collingwood spent two weeks in the IPL but failed to get into the side. However, his experience in leading the side as seen as a valuable asset for the tournament. He led the limited overs side after Vaughan’s resignation , including the 2007 twenty20 world cup.

Overall, the selectors have named a pretty strong side that incorporates some of the best twenty20 players in the country. The selectors have named better specialists than in the last T20 world cup. The best ODI players retain their place in the squad as England look to improve their record of 6 twenty20 wins in 19 games.

Squad: Paul Collingwood (capt), James Anderson, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Andrew Flintoff, James Foster (wkt) , Robert Key, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Eoin Morgan, Graham Napier, Kevin Pietersen, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright


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