Strauss ready for tough winter

November 2, 2009 at 11:51 am Leave a comment


Andrew Strauss has had a fairly remarkable couple of years. Not so long ago, he was out of the England team and facing a challenge to prolong his international career. Now though, he has just spent the summer captaining England to Ashes glory and is widely considered as one of the best batsman in the world.

The next test for Strauss comes this winter as he takes his relatively young side to play the Rainbow Nation in South Africa. The squad fly there this weekend and it is clear that the England captain is focused on the job in hand.

Speaking about the upcoming tour, Strauss says that it will be a ‘great gauge’ to see where abouts his team are at the moment. As everyone knows, England have ‘pretences to be the number one team in the World’, meaning that the test series against the current No.1 team on the back of beating Australia is very significant indeed.

As for his general approach to captaincy, it is fair to say that Strauss isn’t the type of person to shout or be aggressive towards his players, much like Nasser Hussain used to.

Even though he admits he has ‘lost it a couple of times’ over the past nine months, he prefers to have a team meeting where every team member has their say, remaining ‘honest’ at all times. This seems to be very important for the Strauss / Andy Flower partnership. Honesty. The players will know where they stand under this regime and know how they need to improve.

That’s what this winter is all about as well – improvement. England lost in India and the West Indies last year and they will want a more positive outcome this time around. The Ashes win needs to be built on and Strauss knows this. He knows the team must raise their game even further.

One thing you can count on is the Middlesex man leading from the front. He will know the standards he wants for the team and he will set them himself. His form with the bat while captain has been superb and this isn’t even something Michael Vaughan ever quite mastered.

Overall, Strauss seems like the perfect England Cricket captain. One that speaks to the media well, brings the best out of his players and leads from the front with his own performances.

Can he lead England to victory in South Africa though? After the few months he has had, nothing is impossible. Bring it on.

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