Cook to sit out West Indies trip

26 January 2014 23:57:23 GMTPlus10

England captain Alastair Cook will sit out the upcoming one-day tour of the West Indies, with Stuart Broad set to take his place as skipper.

Cook confirmed that he will miss the three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals in the Caribbean, which take place between 25th February and 13th March.

The opening batsman will therefore get an extended rest after a disastrous Ashes tour of Australia, which saw England whitewashed 5-0 in the Test series and beaten 4-1 in the ODI series.

Cook will fly home following the completion of the one-day action, which saw England beaten by five runs in Adelaide in the fifth ODI on Sunday.

That leaves Broad to take up the reins for the T20 series, which gets underway in Hobart on Wednesday, before moving on to Melbourne and then Sydney.

England are 4.00 to win the T20 series in Australia and 4.33 to triumph by a 2-1 margin, with the hosts 1.22 to secure a series victory.

Meanwhile, retired England off-spinner Graeme Swann is in no doubt that Kevin Pietersen should be back in the fold as soon as possible, rubbishing talk of a possible rift in the England camp.

"England's short-term future should include Pietersen," Swann told The Sun.

"Since being reintegrated in 2012 his attitude has been great. He was England's top run-scorer in the Ashes and is one of the world's best players, so why get rid of him?"

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