England to select team

LONDON – England captain Alastair Cook is set to find out if he will be skippering the side at next year’s World Cup when the selectors announce today their squad to play seven one-day internationals in Sri Lanka.

If, as seems likely, Cook is confirmed as skipper for the tour of Sri Lanka, which takes place in November and December, it is hard to see how, barring injury, he won’t also lead England at the one-day World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February and March.

Much of the speculation in the build-up to the squad announcement has focused on whether Cook is the right man to lead England as they go in search of their first World Cup title.

The left-handed opening batsman faced questions throughout all of England’s recent home campaign but answered his Test critics by leading the side to a 3-1 series win over India following a defeat by Sri Lanka.

However, doubts remain about his suitability for white-ball cricket following a 3-1 one-day international series loss to world champions India that included several thumping defeats.

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