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Collingwood for captain: Botham


ianIan Botham has championed Paul Collingwood as the man to replace Michael Vaughan as captain of the England one-day side after Vaughan announced his decision to step down from the position on Monday evening.

Speaking to reporters at the close of play on the fourth day of the fourth Test against the West Indies, Botham reacted to Vaughan’s announcement by saying he thought it was a sensible decision for English Test and one-day cricket

“I think he will have been thinking about for it some time,” said Botham, recently awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

“It is no real surprise to me, it is a sensible move. England have missed him for 18 months.†No Test cricket. We know that his knee is not in great condition and he should be looked after and kept for Test cricket. His One-day International record is not great. I don’t think he needs it and I don’t think his body needs it,” he explained.

All-rounder Collingwood has emerged as an early frontrunner for the one-day job and Botham feels he ticks all the boxes required.

He said: “There will be three or four players talked about. The obvious one is Paul Collingwood. He is very much at the centre of the team as batsman, fielder and bowler and I think he has a very good cricketing brain. For me, he is going to be an ever-present. Let’s talk about Pietersen, Cook and Strauss but for me Collingwood is the obvious man.”

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