Cricket: Taylor loses one-day captaincy

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Mark Taylor's future as Australia's one-day captain is in doubt after he was left out of the side to play the Australian Cricket Academy later this month. Australian selectors yesterday named Steve Waugh as the one-day captain with Shane Warne as his deputy.

Taylor's omission follows a recent announcement by the Australian Cricket Board that it would select separate teams for Test and limited overs matches. A spokesman for the ACB said they had picked the "best current one-day team".

Taylor overcame a prolonged form slump, which threatened his career, to lead Australia to victory in this year's Ashes series against England, but he dropped himself from the one-day matches.

He said yesterday he was disappointed to have been left out of the squad to play the Academy at Adelaide Oval on 28 October, but said he was not surprised. He said he believed he could fight his way back into the side for this summer's international limited-over games.

AUSTRALIA: S R Waugh (capt), S K Warne (vice-capt), M G Bevan, A C Dale, M Di Venuto, I J Harvey, I A Healy (wkt), D S Lehmann, S Lee, G D McGrath, P R Reiffel, M E Waugh.

ACADEMY: S G Law (capt), G S Blewett, R J Campbell (wkt), A C Gilchrist, M S Kasprowicz, B Lee, D J Marsh, R T Ponting, M J Slater, A Symonds, P Wilson.

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