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Strauss to take on one-day role

England Test captain Andrew Strauss
Strauss has not been part of England's one-day side

Andrew Strauss will captain England for the entire tour of the West Indies.

Strauss succeeded Kevin Pietersen as skipper of the Test side on Wednesday, and has now been confirmed as captain for limited-overs internationals too.

However, there will be no head coach for the trip, with Strauss supported by assistant coach Andy Flower and team operations manager Phil Neale.

The England and Wales Cricket Board will review the limited-overs captaincy at the end of the series.

The ECB is also hopeful of appointing a permanent coach by the start of the English summer.

But for now the current coaching set-up - minus the sacked head coach Peter Moores - will assist the squad for a tour which takes in four Tests, five one-day internationals and a 20-over showdown.

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Moores, meanwhile, broke his silence on the week's events via a statement issued through his solicitors.

His legal team remain engaged with the ECB's lawyers following his dismissal from a rolling contract - a move which is expected to cost them his annual salary of 250,000.

Moores said of his dismissal: "It is with great sadness that I was told earlier this week that I have been removed from my role as England team director.

"There has been a huge amount written in the press recently in relation to this matter. Unfortunately, much of it is inaccurate.

"All I would like to say is that I am extremely proud to have coached my country. I remain a passionate Englishman and a huge supporter of the England cricket team.

There has been a huge amount written in the press recently in relation to this matter. Unfortunately, much of it is inaccurate

Peter Moores
"I would like to take this opportunity to wish every one of the players and coaching staff the very best for the forthcoming series in the West Indies and for the challenges ahead."

ECB managing director Hugh Morris will accompany the tourists on the 10-week tour of the West Indies which begins on 21 January.

Strauss, 31, who has not played one-day international cricket for 18 months, said: "I am delighted to lead the team in the one- day internationals and Twenty20.

"I know I haven't played an ODI since the end of the World Cup in 2007 but I do feel that I have something to offer in that form of the game.

"Now this situation has been resolved we can now all unite and get about the business of winning cricket matches for England and winning them consistently."

National selector Geoff Miller added: "The selectors feel that it is important to have stability and continuity on the Caribbean tour given the events of the last few days.

"Andrew and I have also agreed that we will review the one-day captaincy at the end of the tour. Andrew is extremely comfortable with that."

Strauss has played 78 one-day internationals, scoring two centuries and 14 half centuries in 77 innings at an average of 31.98 and a strike rate of 75.82 runs per 100 balls.

By not naming an interim head coach now, the ECB is buying itself some time to make an appointment before the Ashes series starts in July.

A good performance in the Caribbean from Andy Flower will make the Zimbabwean a strong candidate. But a big name from Australia might be waiting in the wings.

Tom Moody was many people's tip to succeed Duncan Fletcher when Moores took the role in April 2007.

You'd look at any anything, in this day and age you're not going to turn your back on anything

Australia's Tom Moody on the England head coach role
The Australian was a well-regarded coach at Worcestershire, and had a successful stint in charge of Sri Lanka.

Moody, currently working in Western Australia, appeared interested, saying: "You'd look at anything, in this day and age you're not going to turn your back on anything.

"It's a bit like 2007, a similar thing happened. There was no formal approach but I was one of the favourites for the job.

"I've had no formal approach now, and until I do I don't need to consider anything but concentrate on the Perth Warriors."

Flower is widely regarded as the favourite to be England's next permanent head coach.

Warwickshire coach and 2005 Ashes winner Ashley Giles is also in the frame, as are Dav Whatmore and Graham Ford.

England Test squad for tour to West Indies: Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, capt), Tim Ambrose (Warwickshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Paul Collingwood (Durham), Alastair Cook (Essex), Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire), Steve Harmison (Durham), Monty Panesar (Northamptonshire), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Matt Prior (Sussex), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Owais Shah (Middlesex), Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire).

England one-day squad for tour to West Indies: Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, capt), James Anderson (Lancashire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Paul Collingwood (Durham), Steven Davies (Worcestershire), Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire), Steve Harmison (Durham), Dimitri Mascarenhas (Hampshire), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Matt Prior (Sussex), Owais Shah (Middlesex), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire).

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