15 Sep 2011

Swann to captain England Twenty20 side

7:27 am on 15 September 2011

Off-spinner Graeme Swann will captain his country for the first time when he leads the England Twenty20 cricket side in two matches against West Indies this month in the absence of injured skipper Stuart Broad and vice-captain Eoin Morgan.

Swann will be the fifth man to skipper his country this English summer, and sixth this year, when he takes charge of the side for the matches at the Oval on the last weekend in September.

England added four players to the side who defeated India by six wickets last month, including Yorkshire wicketkeeper Jonathan Bairstow and Hampshire left-arm orthodox spinner Danny Briggs, who have yet to play international cricket.

The other two are strike bowler James Anderson and Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick, who made his one-day debut against Ireland last month

Swann says he won't temper his approach as the team's joker in the dressing room just because he's in charge on the field, though as usual he'll be serious during the matches.

England: Graeme Swann (captain), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Scott Borthwick, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel, Ben Stokes.