July 29, 2012

English cricket

Captain Strauss under media scrutiny

Abhishek Mukherjee

After England's comprehensive defeat at The Oval, former South Africa captain Kepler Wessels, writing in Supersport, says that the English press will have their knives out for captain Andrew Strauss if the Test series against South Africa were to end in a setback.

The question being bandied about in press circles in England is whether Strauss would be the third England captain in a row to vacate the hot seat following a Test series against South Africa. From an English point of view, this is not helpful.

Hussain and Vaughan's situations were remarkably similar. Both were coming to the end of their respective careers as leaders and players when they took on South Africa. Both had ready-made successors in the ranks to take over. Hussein had Vaughan and Vaughan of course had Strauss. The only difference in the current situation is that Strauss is not as far gone as a player as the other two were before losing the captaincy.

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