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June 22, 2007, 06:47 AM
Collingwood leads new-look side
Cricinfo staff
June 22, 2007
Paul Collingwood has been unveiled as England's new one-day captain, at the head of a new-look squad that contains two uncapped players in Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott and the Hampshire allrounder, Dmitri Mascarenhas.

Collingwood, who was widely tipped for the role after Michael Vaughan announced he would be standing down, has had limited captaincy experience but is the veteran of 121 ODIs over a six-year career, and confirmed his importance to the team with his crucial centuries in England's CB Series victory in Australia in February.

"The selectors believe that Paul Collingwood's experience and performances in the one-day game make him the ideal candidate to lead the side," said England's chairman of selectors, David Graveney. "He has been a key member of the one-day team for a while and we believe he is ready to take on the additional responsibility of captaincy."

Vaughan, whose performances in one-day cricket have been mystifyingly poor throughout his career, was not named in the 14-man squad. By his own admission, he will not be around to contest the World Cup in Asia in four years' time, and his absence will give Collingwood a better chance to bed down in the role and exert his own authority. "Overall, we were keen to identify the best way for the team to play in the one-day game," added Graveney, "pick players who can perform certain roles and keep one eye on the need to build towards the World Cup in 2011."

England one-day squad 1 Paul Collingwood (Durham, capt), 2 James Anderson (Lancashire), 3 Ian Bell (Warwickshire), 4 Stuart Broad (Leicestershire), 5 Alastair Cook (Essex), Dimitri Mascarenhas (Hampshire), 7 Monty Panesar (Northamptonshire), 8 Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), 9 Liam Plunkett (Durham), 10 Matt Prior (Sussex), 11 Owais Shah (Middlesex), 12 Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire), 13 Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), 14 Michael Yardy (Sussex)

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