Strauss to captain England in the West Indies

January 8, 2009 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

ECB chairman Keith Morris has confirmed that Strauss will take charge of the side for the tour to West Indies. Strauss who is a regular in the Test side will take charge of the team for his second spell as captain. He will captain the test side as well as the twenty20 and ODI teams. This comes after Pietersen’s surprise resignation as England captain. “The selectors feel that it is important to have stability and continuity on the Caribbean tour given the events of the last few days,” said England’s national selector, Geoff Miller. “Andrew and I have also agreed that we will review the one-day captaincy at the end of the tour. Andrew is extremely comfortable with that.”

Strauss’s appointment as Test captain has been made permanent, however, his limited overs appointment remains a temporary role and will depend on the results and his personal performance. Strauss previously lead England in the 6th ODI against India as a stand in skipper before getting another chance as captain in England’s 5-0 one – day series loss to Sri Lanka. He continued as skipper successfully in the absence of Michael Vaughan and the then vice-captain Andrew Flintoff, for the series against Pakistan. He has been in charge for four test matches and 13 ODIs and now gets another chance to lead the side. He averages 55.66 as captain in test compared with his overall 42.37.

Strauss’ appointment is the popular choice with many fans believing that he should have retained the job instead of handing it back to Flintoff. His appointment is not surprising given that there is a lack of obvious candidates inside the dressing room. He will however need to improve his ODI form.

His ODI form hasn’t been the best, however, his ODI record is better than former skipper Michael Vaughan and has a better strike rate than Ian Bell. It is likely that one of the top-order batsmen will make way for the skipper with Ian Bell, who was dropped for the fifth ODI against India, the favourite.


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