Bell welcomes appointment of captaincy trio

Ian Bell has welcomed the appointment of England’s new captaincy trio as “an exciting approach”.

Andrew Strauss will remain captain of the Test team but has handed over the reins of the one-day side to Alastair Cook.

But Cook is not guaranteed his place in England’s international Twenty20 side, which will now be led by Stuart Broad who has taken over from Paul Collingwood despite the Durham man leading the team to last year’s success in the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies.

“I think it’s an exciting approach. Cooky is in fantastic form, and he’s a quality one-day player as well. We’ve seen when he plays for Essex that he can be very powerful at the top of the order so I think that it’s a good decision,” said England batsman Bell, currently captaining Warwickshire in their County Championship match against Lancashire at Edgbaston.

“Broady is a good appointment as well. He’s a world-class performer in all forms of the game and for a young player like that to get the Twenty20 job is very exciting.

“I think Andy Flower and the coaching staff are very adaptable and the relationship between  Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad will be very good. They will all talk and communicate very well.

“I don’t think having three different captains will be a problem. I think it’s a really good idea.

“Andy Flower runs the show. Communication will be the key but there are three guys there who I believe will be really good for their respective jobs.”

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