I've to consider my future as ODI captain: Strauss

Published: Monday, March 28, 2011, 13:35 [IST]
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Strauss mulls ODI captaincy future

London, Mar 28: Andrew Strauss on Mar 27, said he will have to take a call on his future as England's One-day captain after his side's humiliating 10-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in the World Cup quarterfinals in Colombo, on Mar 26.

England were thoroughly outplayed yesterday in the quarterfinals by Sri Lanka who restricted the three-time finalists to a modest 229 and then overhauled the target without losing a wicket at the R Premadasa Stadium.

Strauss said he would have to sit with the ECB officials to chart out a roadmap for the future of England cricket.

"We have to sit down with the selectors and plot a way forward for both the Test and one-day side and we have to think about what the best options are, both leadership and personnel-wise," he was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.

England had a gruelling last six months were they played in Australia, winning the Ashes 3-1 but suffered a 6-1 defeat in the one-day series in a tour that started in November and stretched into February.

The team didn't get any time to rest as they headed to the sub-continent for the World Cup and Strauss felt the scheduling of the Ashes series Down Under so close to a World Cup affected their performance.

"It doesn't give you the best chance," he said.

"It's a huge amount to ask players to go and tour Australia for three months and then go straight into the World Cup without spending time at home."

"I can't fault the players. They've put in a lot of hard graft and are feeling pretty jaded. But we haven't shown enough quality - that's the reality of it," he added.

Recently, the schedule for the future Ashes series were changed to avoid clashes with the 2012 London Olympics and the 2015 World Cup and Strauss said it would have been better had they made the changes before the 2011 World Cup.

"Clearly lessons have been learnt and that (Ashes) cycle is changing. It would have been good if they changed before this particular one," he said.

The 34-year-old Strauss' future in Test cricket, however, is secured after their 3-1 win over Australia in the Ashes and his form - he scored 334 runs at 47.71 in the World Cup including 158 against India - has also been quite good.

England team director Andy Flower also said that he had a brief discussions with Strauss over his captain's future as a leader in one-day cricket.

"I know he would have liked to have finished stronger with the bat personally, having had such a great start to the tournament, but he's been as strong as ever," Flower said.

"Whether he focuses on only Test cricket at the moment, I'm not too sure. We've discussed it very briefly," he said.


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