London, Apr 17: England Test captain Andrew Strauss has slammed reports that he gave up the one-day captaincy because he was under immense pressure.
"That was pretty disappointing considering the person in question knows neither me nor my wife. Well nobody is beyond criticism. I didn't feel, I don't feel, that the talk of me finishing after that game was right. I can't agree with that, but those are the things you have to deal with as an England player," The Sun quoted Strauss, as saying.
Strauss expressed his frustration at having his players defend him after a lengthy run without a century and his side's poor form on the sub-continent.
"I hate my players having to come out and defend me - as a captain you want to feel that you are one of the first names on the teamsheet, so that has been very frustrating. But I was so determined, and feel very determined to take the team further," he added.
Strauss hit back after Sky TV pundit and former captain Bob Willis' claims that he gave up the one-day captaincy to Alastair Cook in 2011 due to pressure back home. The statement came during the tour of Sri Lanka, where England won the final Test to level the series.
Strauss led England to the number one position in the Test rankings. Though he has not scored a century in 48 innings, his 61 in the final innings of the Colombo Test, which he claimed indicated that more runs and victories were on the cards.
He admitted his frustration due to the lack of runs and recent poor-form on the sub-continent, but also did not like his players defending him.
"What Colombo has taught me is how much gas there is left in the tank yet. No one likes to be the topic of the month - it's not fun to feel that pressure. I had a long chat with Andy Flower and we agreed that sometimes when you become the focus it forces you to confront the problem," he said.
"It shouldn't get to the stage where you need a jab to perform but it often does. There are countless examples of players who have timed their run late to re-establish their credentials," he added.