'I'm gutted': Alastair Cook on exclusion from World Cup squad
Cook disheartened to be left out of WC squad; Morgan to lead England
London: Alastair Cook admitted he was "gutted" to be omitted from England's World Cup squad after being replaced as one-day international captain by Eoin Morgan.
Alastair Cook walks back after being out for 32 during the seventh ODI against SL recently. Pic/AFP
The decision to remove Cook as leader of the 50-over side inevitably overshadowed the announcement on Saturday morning of England's 15-man squad for next month's tri-series and then the World Cup which begins on February 14.
All-rounder Ben Stokes is also a notable absentee from that group, while the included Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance would appear to be a major beneficiary of Cook's axing, a choice that has created shockwaves in the last 24 hours and one that has left the left-handed opener reeling.
Cook said: "I am gutted to be left out of the World Cup squad, and it is likely to take me a while to get over the disappointment. "That said I wish (coach) Peter (Moores), Eoin and the lads all the best for the World Cup.
"I would also like to thank all the players and fans who have supported me during my time as one-day captain."
Pietersen not discussed
Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen was not discussed as a potential shock inclusion for England's World Cup squad, according to national selector James Whitaker.
When asked if anything had changed regarding Pietersen's position, Whitaker told Sky Sports News HQ: "Nope, no. "The ECB management made a decision on Kevin in January and it is the same."