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Last Updated: Monday August 04 2008 12:27 GMT

Pietersen is new cricket captain

Kevin Pietersen playing during England's first test match against South Africa, in July

Kevin Pietersen has been named as England's new cricket captain after Michael Vaughan's shock resignation.

The 28-year-old batsman is England's 74th skipper and will take charge of both the Test and one-day sides.

His first job as captain will be to lead England in their final Test against South Africa on Thursday, even though it's too late to win the series. "I'm very thrilled and excited to have been given the opportunity to captain England," he said.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan was England captain for five years
"I will give it the best go I can give it."

Vaughan stepped down on Sunday after England lost their first home Test series to South Africa since 1965.

Paul Collingwood later stood down as England's one-day captain, so Pietersen could lead both teams.

Pietersen added: "It's a huge honour and a terrific challenge for me at this stage of my international career."