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No baby break for English opener Strauss

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2008, 22:59 [IST]
 
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London: England opener Andrew Strauss intends on playing throughout the first Test against South Africa even if his wife gives birth to the couple's second child.

Ruth Strauss is due to give birth next week and, with the opening match of a four-Test series starting at Lord's on Thursday, her husband could be placed in a tricky position.

However, the left-handed opener is adamant he will remain at Lord's rather than dash across London should his wife give birth while he is playing cricket.

"My wife is due some time during the Test match, the doctor doesn't feel it's going to come for a week or so but I won't be leaving the field or anything like that," Strauss said at Lord's on Tuesday.

"If I'm not batting I might nip off but if I'm on the field I'm concentrating on the cricket," the left-handed batsman added.

"I just feel that if I'm going to play the game I owe it to my team-mates to be focussed on the game.

"My wife completely understands the situation and hopefully it will work out that she'll do it after the end of play or something like that - if I'm playing I've got to be switched onto the cricket."

England captain Michael Vaughan led the way in adopting a more 'family friendly' approach when, three years ago, he raced off the field at Headingley during a Test against the West Indies in order to be at the birth of his first child.

Strauss himself followed his skipper's lead by missing the final Test against Pakistan in December 2005 and flying home to be present at the birth of his son, Sam,

But all-rounder Andrew Flintoff adopted a more old-fashioned outlook when he remained in India two years ago after being given the England captaincy instead of flying home to be at the birth of his second child, Corey.

AFP

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