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It seems that England opener Alastair Cook has lost all his nine lives as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to appoint Eoin Morgan as the country’s new ODI captain.
According to sources, Morgan will now lead England in the 2015 World Cup as well.
The decision to sack Cook as ODI captain came after hours of deliberation between the national selectors at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday.
Cook, who was present for the meeting, left Trent Bridge with a solemn look on his face as it is likely that he will now become a Test specialist.
Cook’s future as ODI captain became very uncertain after England were thrashed 5-2 in the recently concluded seven-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Cook’s chances of retaining the ODI captaincy were not helped by the fact that he has only scored one half-century in his last 22 innings.
During Cook’s tenure as ODI captain, which started in May 2011, England won 36 and lost 30 of the 69 matches they played.