Strauss shocked by Afridi resignation

July 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm 3 comments


Andrew Strauss has been having his say on the surprise resignation of Shahid Afridi. The all-rounder stepped down from his role as test captain after just one match in the helm – the 150 run-loss to Australia last week.

Strauss – who had been set to go head to head with Afridi in the test arena later this summer – said that the news will “put a strain on the Pakistan team”.

It has been one problem after another for Pakistan in recent years, after all. There have been a number of captains, players coming in and out of retirement and issues with being able to play international cricket in their home country.

Salman Butt will now lead the team in the second test and the forthcoming matches against England and it seems safe to say that he has a very tough job on his hands.

Speaking about the task ahead of Butt, Strauss said he will have to “keep them on an even keel” in an attempt to improve the team’s fortunes after a few years where there has been “a lot of upheaval for Pakistan.”

As ever with Strauss though, he is continuing to focus on his team as a priority. He will know that if his team continue to show the form they have done in recent months, that they will defeat Pakistan and would be cricket betting favourites with our without Afridi.

Strauss says that England are preparing to face a “motivated and talented” Pakistan team and nothing has changed after recent events. He went on to say that it is crucial for England to play “good solid cricket from the first day of the first test”.

With the test series against Pakistan being the last one before the Ashes, Strauss will be aware of how important it is that England continue the momentum that has built up in the test arena over recent months.

Pakistan will be a much bigger test than Bangladesh that is for sure. They have their problems, but when they get focused on the cricket, they have some players that can threaten England’s online sports betting favourites tag.

There would be no better way for England to prepare for the winter than with a hard fought test series win against strong opposition though. If the likes of Steven Finn can continue his progression and Kevin Pietersen can gain some form, it would be all the better.

Afridi’s resignation and the stress it has put on the Pakistan team may make England’s task slightly easier this summer, but they still have their work cut out to get the job done.

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