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Strauss to have total command in West Indies

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  • Andrew Strauss will captain England in all their matches on West Indies tour
  • Strauss has been left out of recent England one-day international squads
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(CNN) -- Andrew Strauss has been appointed as captain for all forms of the game for England's tour of the West Indies later this month.

Strauss will captain England in every form of the game in the West Indies.

Strauss will captain England in every form of the game in the West Indies.

Strauss, who took over in the aftermath of Kevin Pietersen's shock resignation on Wednesday, has not been included in recent England one-day and Twenty20 squads.

It led to speculation that England would appoint a separate captain for the shorter form of the game, but this was ended by Friday's announcement by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Strauss' position will be reviewed at the end of the trip to the Caribbean, ahead of a home series against the West Indies and the eagerly-awaited Ashes clash with Australia.

The decisions come at the end of a traumatic week for English cricket which saw Pietersen go after a public disagreement with coach Peter Moores, who also resigned.

Moores will not be replaced for the West Indies tour, with the ECB opting for Strauss to be be supported by assistant coach Andy Flower and team operations manager Phil Neale.

Overnight speculation in the Australian media that former Test legend Shane Warne might take over as England coach was dismissed by the player.

"I could not give a full-time position the time required to do the job. In any case, following a team around the world is what I have given up," he wrote in his column in The Times.

The England party will leave for the Caribbean on January 21 with Pietersen included as a player despite his major fall from grace.

Although Pietersen has said he wants to continue his international career, he released a curious statement on Thursday.

"In light of recent events between the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and myself, I'm going to take some time out to reflect on the situation and spend time with family and friends," revealed the statement.

He avoided talking to reporters when seen near his west London home on Friday.

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