Andrew Strauss has officially stepped down as England’s one-day cricket captain.
Strauss opened a press conference by announcing his retirement from one-day internationals, a move which had been anticipated since England’s underwhelming performance in the World Cup.
“I’ve decided that now is the right time for me to relinquish my role,” he said.
“I’ve enjoyed my time as England one-day captain immensely and I’m extremely proud of the strides we’ve made in limited overs cricket over the past two years.
“There is, however, still a long way to go for us in this form of the game and this is the perfect opportunity for a new captain to take up the challenge.
“I am delighted that Alastair and Stuart have been appointed to captain the ODI and Twenty20 teams respectively. They are both world-class cricketers who have outstanding leadership qualities.
“I look forward to working closely with both Alastair and Stuart as we work together to progress England’s development across all forms of the game,” he concluded.
England now has a three-way split in captaincy, as Strauss remains in place to steer Test cricket.
Cook, Strauss’s Test opening partner, said of his appointment: “I’m excited by the challenge of taking our 50-over cricket to new heights and I believe I can play an integral role with the bat as well as captain.”