Friday December 19th, 2014

Alastair Cook will not be captaining the English cricket team in the 2015 World Cup, reports SkySports.

In his place, Middlesex batsman Eoin Morgan will lead the club for its upcoming tri-series with Australia and India, as well as at the upcoming World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. 

According to SkySports, the main reason the change was made was Cook's bat form. England has lost five of its last seven games with Cook as captain.

The selection panel met on Friday and the final decision was voted on. Cook was criticized over the summer for England's struggles, and the 29-year-old said at the time that he would not step down from his captain role until "the day the selectors decide I'm not the right man for the job."

It is not known yet whether or not Cook will be left off the World Cup squad altogether, however SkySport said his inclusion seems "unlikely." England will be announcing its squad for the tri-series on Saturday.

England's first match of the 2015 World Cup will take place on Feb. 14 against Australia.

Jack Jorgensen

 

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