Alastair Cook has been removed as England one-day captain and replaced by fellow batsman Eoin Morgan, less than two months before the World Cup.
Cook, 29, who was appointed to lead the one-day side in 2011, averages only 27.52 in his last 20 one-dayers.
During the recent 5-2 series defeat in Sri Lanka, Cook insisted he would not resign, but a selectors’ meeting on Friday took the decision for him.
Morgan began his career with Ireland and has played 107 ODIs for England.
The 28-year-old left-hander, however, is in a similarly poor run of form, averaging only 25.45 in his last 23 matches.
The end of Cook’s reign as one-day skipper comes at the end of a turbulent year for the opener, in which he has presided over a 5-0 Ashes series defeat, the ending of Kevin Pietersen’s international career and calls for him to stand down as Test captain.
He did turn around his five-day form and the fortunes of his side with a 3-1 Test series win over India, but pressure on Cook’s position as ODI skipper increased with a 3-1 home one-day series defeat by the same opponents and the unsuccessful tour of Sri Lanka.
Although England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton said he would be “surprised” if Cook were replaced before the World Cup, he did not have a vote on the four-man selection panel. (bbc sports)