November 13, 2009

England in South Africa 2009-10

Strauss should be Twenty20 captain

Jamie Alter

England should not panic after their defeat on Tuesday, believes the former coach Duncan Fletcher, though the split captaincy is a cause for concern. Andrew Strauss will not be involved in the Twenty20 games against South Africa but he should be, writes Fletcher in his Guardian blog.

Strauss is an underrated limited-overs player. He is England's leading run-scorer in one-day internationals this year. Many people would never guess it, but in that time he has also scored more boundaries than anyone else in the team, too. Tactically he is an extremely shrewd judge of how to pace an innings.

Those skills should cross over. There is not much difference between the structure of 50-over cricket and Twenty20. It is just that the windows which make up the different phases of the match are tighter. Strauss is the ideal man to cement the innings together. Essentially, in the ODIs England have played this year the team have been batting around him. Leaving him out is a little like pulling the keystone from the arch.

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