Andrew Flintoff will captain England for the remainder of the tour of India - although coach Duncan Fletcher concedes the extra responsibility may be too much in the longer term.
Flintoff, aged 28, i mpressed leading a revamped team in the drawn first Test match in Nagpur after Michael Vaughan succumbed to a knee injury on the eve of the contest.
With neither Vaughan nor Marcus Trescothick, who is absent indefinitely for personal reasons, likely to return to the nine-week tour it is a role he will keep for the oneday series.
However, Fletcher suggested that the burden of captaincy could affect Flintoff, who bats in the top six and provides a huge bulk of the bowling.
"At the moment it is a lot to do," Fletcher said. "Just as an all-rounder he had a lot to do. Adding the captaincy could be - you never know with the individual - what he needs to step his game up to another level. We will only find that out later on. There is a chance we might be asking a lot of him."
Last week's chain of events pushed Flintoff, who led his country in a warm-up match in Sri Lanka two winters ago, to the front of the queue of contenders, ahead of Andrew Strauss. Fletcher said: "'Fred', at this stage, will captain for the rest of the tour. Considering the circumstances, it wasn't an easy game, being thrown in he had to grab hold of the reins straight away, which he did."
On the day Simon Jones was ruled out of the Test series, Fletcher expressed doubts that Trescothick, Vaughan's long-term deputy, would return. He said: "There is a very good chance he will not play in this Test series and probably a good chance he will not play in the one-dayers either."
Had it not been for the unavailability of Vaughan, Trescothick and Jones, three of England's prime performers in Nagpur would not have been playing.
Debutant Alastair Cook and Paul Collingwood scored centuries to claim the spare batting berths in style while left-arm spin-ner Monty Panesar exerted control and pressure, dismissing Indian stars Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. Fletcher said: "What is so pleasing is that these guys look as though they have really got a desire, not just to play for England but to do well for England."
England have a fully-fit party for the second Test, starting here on Thursday, with the identity of the fifth bowler, either a spin-ner of fourth paceman, the only pressing issue.