Strauss' jarring note
I get a feeling that Andrew Strauss is totally
pissed off with Kevin Pietersen beating him to the captaincy
. Either that, or he's just being brutally honest. Sample some of his quotes when he spoke to AFP
and The Guardian
- I would have liked to have done the Test job and, to that degree, I am disappointed I have not been given the opportunity.
- It is a brave decision because KP hasn't done much captaincy before.
- I think he does play for the team. I think that selfish aspect is overplayed. He would probably admit in his youth he was a bit like that but I don't think he is like that so much now.
- Captains have to be respected and that is something you cannot buy.
- There are so many different aspects you have to worry about. It's not just about preparing yourself and the team for the match but also dealing with the selectors and the media. You find there is not much time to concentrate on cricket and it can become dispiriting at times, as Michael found. It's a brilliant job but a really difficult one and, apart from in one one-day match, Kevin has never experienced that. This is a potentially tough time for the team.
- We are going from having the best captain England has ever had to someone who has never done it before. It is hard to say if Kevin will ultimately be successful.
Personally, I think England are rather hung up on this whole business of unifying the captaincy. There's no reason why sides can't have separate captains for tests and one-dayers. In fact, the only time England actually won a tournament with 4 or more sides playing
was the Akai-Singer Champions Trophy
under Adam Hollioake
My vote was for Strauss to be made test captain and Pietersen to do the job in one-dayers. That way, he could gradually get a hang of things and if Strauss wasn't doing a good job, he could be handed over the test captaincy as well.
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