With Stuart Broad and Eoin Morgan both injured, there was much speculation over which England player would lead the team into Twenty20 battle against the West Indies next week and Graeme Swann has been selected as captain.
While Alastair Cook and Tim Bresnan were also in the running to take charge of the national team in the shortest format of the game, the selectors have decided that Swann has the respect of his team-mates and the qualities required to be a good leader.
Cook was left out of the T20 squad for next week’s matches despite professing an interest in playing and Kevin Pietersen was also left out, just as the Test regular was for the One Day International matches.
National Selector Geoff Miller said: “We have once again selected a blend of experienced international performers, along with exciting young players with a great deal of talent.
“We have had a successful summer to date and will be looking to continue our form during the Twenty20 series against West Indies and finish the summer with two strong performances.
“Graeme Swann is a highly-respected member of the England side, and his experience and leadership qualities will be invaluable when he leads a young England team next week – a role he is very much looking forward to.”