Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cook Plays Straight Bat to Calls to Make Collingwood One-Day Captain

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cook Plays Straight Bat to Calls to Make Collingwood One-Day Captain

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Byline: Rory Dollard

ALASTAIR Cook has lauded Paul Collingwood for leading England to World Twenty20 glory, but believes speculation he may make a return as one-day captain is nothing more than "paper talk".

Collingwood, who resigned the ODI captaincy in 2008 citing an adverse effect on his form, has earned rave reviews for his leadership in the Caribbean.

The Durham man has taken England to their first ICC world trophy and has since been touted for a return to the 50-over job.

Andrew Strauss is current Test and one-day skipper, but he has seen his place in the limited-overs set-up questioned since opting out of the Bangladesh tour.

Cook, who led in his absence on that occasion, impressed at the top of the innings, while Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb are surely in strong contention after their exploits in the West Indies.

Nevertheless, Cook fully expects Strauss to retain his job in both formats. He said: "It is just paper talk, that is all.

"Straussy is our captain.

He has done a great job ever since taking over and I would imagine every one of the lads still sees him in that way.

"Colly has done fantastically well to be captain of a world champion side and he will take a lot of credit for that, but Straussy is still our captain and we are all behind him."

Cook, who was a surprising omission from the 30-man shortlist for the World Twenty20, still has aspirations towards breaking into that squad, but admits the dominant performances put in by the current crop have made his task all the harder. He added: "You see the England side playing and you feel a part of it, so not to be there makes it tough watching in one sense.

"However, I was just desperate for the lads to win because it is a great achievement and can only help us as a side in terms of the confidence we will get from that winning moment and knowing we can beat the world's best . …

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