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Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad factfiles

Andrew Strauss is stepping down as one-day captain and will be replaced by his Test match opening partner Alastair Cook. There is also a change in the Twenty20 set-up with Paul Collingwood giving up the captaincy and Stuart Broad taking over.


1984: Born in Gloucester on Christmas Day.

1999-2002: Breaks all batting records at Bedford School, making 19 centuries in all.

2000: Plays for England Under-15s in their World Cup and makes his Essex second XI debut at the age of 15.

2003: Makes an unbeaten half-century on first-class debut against Nottinghamshire at Chelmsford. Represents England Under-19s.

2003-04: Makes back-to-back unbeaten hundreds when opening the batting in England Under-19s' World Cup campaign in Bangladesh.

2004: Captains England Under-19s against Bangladesh. Makes maiden first-class century against Leicestershire at Chelmsford.

2005: Makes almost 1,300 first-class runs at 48.03, including a double-century in the two-day tour match against Australia at Chelmsford.

2006: February - Summoned by injury-ravaged England from the A tour of the West Indies to stand by for a Test debut against India in Nagpur.

March 1 - Makes his Test debut in Nagpur and scores 60 in the first innings and a century in the second.

June 28 - Makes one-day international debut at Old Trafford against Sri Lanka.

December - Scores 116 in the third Ashes Test in Perth but England lose series 5-0.

2007: June - Makes Twenty20 international debut against West Indies.

August - Makes maiden one-day international century against India at the Rose Bowl.

2008: February - Announces he will put playing for England ahead of an appearance in the lucrative Indian Premier League.

2009: July - Makes a top score of 95 and takes the final catch of the series as England claim a 2-1 Ashes win over Australia.

November 15 - Debut as England captain. The tourists lose the Twenty20 international - Cook's fourth appearance in the format - against South Africa by 84 runs. Is later fined by the ICC for a slow over-rate.

November 30 - Captains and makes 70 and 29 not out as England Performance Programme beat Gauteng by nine wickets in a tour match in South Africa.

2010: January 18 - Named England captain for the tour to Bangladesh after Andrew Strauss is rested.

March - Leads England to a sweep of their two-Test and three ODI series against Bangladesh.

November - Hits a career-best unbeaten 235 to help England draw the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

2011: January - Scores a series-best 766 runs as England win the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 24 years.

May 5 - Named England's ODI captain in place of Strauss.


1986: June 24 - Born, Nottingham, son of former England opener Chris.

2003: Named Leicestershire young batsman of the year.

2005: Makes county debut for Leicestershire.

2006: August 10 - Named in England's 30-man squad for October's ICC Champions Trophy.

August 20 - Makes senior Twenty20 debut against Pakistan at Bristol, claiming two for 35 from four overs.

August 30 - Makes senior one-day international debut against Pakistan in Cardiff.

September 9 - Named in Ashes stand-by squad to train in Western Australia.

2007: February 7 - Called into squad for the Commonwealth Bank series in Australia because of injuries but does not play.

April 4 - Flies out to the Caribbean to join England's World Cup squad after Jon Lewis returns home. Plays in the one-wicket victory over West Indies in the Super Eight, hitting the winning runs with a ball to spare.

July 15 - Named in a Test squad for the first time when England select 13 for the opening match against India at Lord's. Chris Tremlett eventually edges him out of the final XI.

August 23 - Agrees to join Nottinghamshire at the end of the 2007 season.

September 19 - Part of England side for World Twenty20 but concedes six sixes in one over to India's Yuvraj Singh.

2008: August 26 - Records the first five-wicket haul in his international career in second match of ODI series against South Africa.

2009: May 26 - Named man of the series (ODI) against the West Indies in England.

June 5 - Has a terrible final over in loss to Netherlands at the World Twenty20, wasting three run-out opportunities and dropping a catch.

2009: July - Helps England to win the Ashes with 234 runs and 18 wickets, leading England's bowling figures in wickets taken and bowling average.

2010: May - A part of England's successful World Twenty20 squad.

August 9 - Picks up ball and throws at Pakistani batsman Zulqarnain Haider during second Test, hitting him on the hand. Fined 50% of his match fee.

August 27 - Makes his maiden Test century at Lord's, scoring 169 in final Test against Pakistan.

November 25 - Becomes the third victim of Peter Siddle's hat-trick when he is trapped lbw in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba.

December 4 - Suffers stomach muscle injury in second Test at Adelaide and is later ruled out of the rest of the tour.

2011: January - Selected in England's 15-man World Cup squad.

March 8 - Ruled out of the World Cup after suffering a "significant" side strain during England's six-run win over South Africa.

May 5 - Named as Twenty20 captain in place of Paul Collingwood.