No Plan to Drop Cook as Captain, Says Former England Skipper Andrew Strauss
Former England captain Andrew Strauss has backed Alastair Cook to lead England’s Test squad in the coming year and made it clear there is no plan to remove him from the skipper’s post.
Strauss, the current managing director of ECB, said that the 31-year-old still has got a lot left in him, both as a batsman and captain to deliver for the Poms.
Stressing on Eoin Morgan’s post as a limited-over captain, Strauss explained there are no recriminations against him after the Irishman opted to sit out of the Bangladesh’s tour, citing security issues.
Confessing to the disappointment on Morgan’s decision to sit-out, Strauss defended him and confirmed he would lead England in the ODI series against India, post Christmas.
“I’m disappointed that we didn’t take a full squad out to Bangladesh. But if I’m honest we’ve moved on and it is right to move on. That was a tour that could have derailed us and undermined a lot of the good work that has gone on. I’m confident it hasn’t done that and that is a relief,” he said.
“We told the players there wouldn’t be any recriminations for pulling out and when I look back on it I am very grateful that the vast majority of the team thought it was the right thing to do. Those that did go probably strengthened their opinions that it was the right thing to do.
“I stand by what I said and there is every reason to expect Eoin Morgan will come back in as captain against India. He’s done a great job with the one-day team over the last 18 months and it has been a phenomenal transformation. He has to take a lot of credit for that and we look forward to him continuing that,” he added.
The former left-handed batsman feels Cook’s future lies in his own hand. Strauss, in his own mind seemed clear to go with Cook as England’s skipper ahead of the long English summer and surely for the Ashes in Australia later next year. As things stand, Strauss has received no indication from Cook that his resignation as captain is imminent after the end of this tour.
“He’s given me no indication that he is thinking of standing down. But one thing we’ve consistently done is find time at the end of series to have a conversation about what direction the team is going in, what challenges there are and for him personally and how much the captaincy is taking out of him. We’ve done that a couple of times and it is guaranteed that we’ll have a similar conversation at the end of this series.
“From what I’ve seen he is in a really good place. I think he is very comfortable leading this team as he has been for a while now, so it probably takes less out of him now than it used to. He’s batting well, which is a big part of it, and he’s still young. It is quite scary how young his is really and I have every faith that he will carry on past this series and into the summer,” Strauss concluded.
England is currently playing India in the second Test at Visakhapatnam.
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