England news April 10, 2012

Strauss seeks Middlesex revival

ESPNcricinfo staff

England's captain Andrew Strauss, whose lack of runs became a source of debate on the winter tours in Asia, will seek to regain form in a full programme of county matches ahead of the first Test against West Indies at Lord's on May 17.

While some players, such as Ian Bell, Monty Panesar, Ravi Bopara, Steve Davies and James Tredwell will be available for this week's round of championship games, others - such as James Anderson, Graeme Swann and Alastair Cook - will be rested until the start of May.

Full availability of England squad

James Anderson (Lancashire): Available for championship match against Nottinghamshire (May 2-5)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire): Available for all cricket from April 16 up to and including CB40 match against Derbyshire (May 13)
Ravi Bopara (Essex): Available for all cricket
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire): Available for championship matches against Kent (April 26-29) and Leicestershire (May 2-5)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire): Currently unavailable, continuing rehabilitation following calf injury. Expected to be available in early May
Alastair Cook (Essex): Available for all cricket from May 2 up to and including CB40 match against Worcestershire (May 13)
Steven Davies (Surrey): Available for all cricket
Steven Finn (Middlesex): Available for championship matches against Durham (April 19-22) and Worcestershire (May 3-6)
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex): Currently at the IPL commitments. Available for all cricket from May 15
Monty Panesar (Sussex): Available for all cricket
Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire): Available for all cricket
Kevin Pietersen (Surrey): Currently at the IPL commitments. Available for championship match against Worcestershire (May 9-12)
Matt Prior (Sussex): Available for championship matches against Warwickshire (April 26-29) and Lancashire (May 9-12) and tour match against West Indies (May 5-7)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire): Available for championship matches against Lancashire (May 2-5) and Middlesex (May 9-12)
Andrew Strauss (Middlesex): Available for all cricket from April 16 apart from CB40 match against Netherlands (May 14)
James Tredwell (Kent): Available for all cricket
Chris Tremlett (Surrey): Currently unavailable, continuing rehabilitation following back surgery
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire): Available for all cricket from April 23 up to and including CB40 match against Derbyshire (May 14)

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  • mikey76 on April 12, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Randy. Why are posting stuff twice on different threads?? You're not that funny. This is about English county cricket. Yet you want to put your limited knowledge of cricket on every english related thread?? Very strange. Cricket522, I dont think Strauss is out of form, he's just not going on and making big scores, its just one of those things. PACERONE, Strauss will love the Windies bowling, as will Bell. Both are proven class test match players with over 30 test centuries between them. But then we could have a great player like Marsh or Cowan in the side haha!.

  • PACERONE on April 12, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Strauss will continue to decline.His batting has too many holes in it.He cuts and pulls...and gets out playing those strokes.West Indies will give him a rough time.

  • RandyOZ on April 12, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Is there a better captain in world cricket than Clarke? Absolutely not. The so-called 'number 1' who have just come of the back of 4 straight defeats, are led by the weakest captain in world cricket - coincidence? I think not.

  • 2.14istherunrate on April 11, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    I too fancy Strauss for making runs at Lords in May- favourite ground, favourite attack!! I find it unedifying that anyone should see the counties as other than a feed for England. Some counties, like Surrey, are aware of and respond to the bigger picture quite easily. It's amazing that people who support England get on KP's back at all. Did they see the Colombo Test?

  • hhillbumper on April 11, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Randy Oz.No mate we want to lower our standards we just sign Aussies.

  • o-bomb on April 11, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Where it says "available for all cricket" should we read "not in the selectors thoughts for the 1st test against the West Indies"?

  • cricket522 on April 11, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    How nice of the ECB to let some of them play. Why did Surrey even sign KP? He is more bothered about the IPL than County cricket but seeing as he is South African its not a surprise I don't see why Middlesex should be forced to play Strauss if he is out of form and detrimental to their batting line up.

  • RandyOZ on April 11, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    You have to feel for the likes of Middlesex and Warickshire; their teams are going to be greatly depleted with the inclusions of Strauss and Bell.

  • mikey76 on April 10, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    I fancy Strauss to hit a big ton against the Windies in May. Pace is definitely his preferance, so I think he'll have a decent summer. No real top class spinners to go up against this summer.

  • mikey76 on April 12, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Randy. Why are posting stuff twice on different threads?? You're not that funny. This is about English county cricket. Yet you want to put your limited knowledge of cricket on every english related thread?? Very strange. Cricket522, I dont think Strauss is out of form, he's just not going on and making big scores, its just one of those things. PACERONE, Strauss will love the Windies bowling, as will Bell. Both are proven class test match players with over 30 test centuries between them. But then we could have a great player like Marsh or Cowan in the side haha!.

  • PACERONE on April 12, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Strauss will continue to decline.His batting has too many holes in it.He cuts and pulls...and gets out playing those strokes.West Indies will give him a rough time.

  • RandyOZ on April 12, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Is there a better captain in world cricket than Clarke? Absolutely not. The so-called 'number 1' who have just come of the back of 4 straight defeats, are led by the weakest captain in world cricket - coincidence? I think not.

  • 2.14istherunrate on April 11, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    I too fancy Strauss for making runs at Lords in May- favourite ground, favourite attack!! I find it unedifying that anyone should see the counties as other than a feed for England. Some counties, like Surrey, are aware of and respond to the bigger picture quite easily. It's amazing that people who support England get on KP's back at all. Did they see the Colombo Test?

  • hhillbumper on April 11, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Randy Oz.No mate we want to lower our standards we just sign Aussies.

  • o-bomb on April 11, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Where it says "available for all cricket" should we read "not in the selectors thoughts for the 1st test against the West Indies"?

  • cricket522 on April 11, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    How nice of the ECB to let some of them play. Why did Surrey even sign KP? He is more bothered about the IPL than County cricket but seeing as he is South African its not a surprise I don't see why Middlesex should be forced to play Strauss if he is out of form and detrimental to their batting line up.

  • RandyOZ on April 11, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    You have to feel for the likes of Middlesex and Warickshire; their teams are going to be greatly depleted with the inclusions of Strauss and Bell.

  • mikey76 on April 10, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    I fancy Strauss to hit a big ton against the Windies in May. Pace is definitely his preferance, so I think he'll have a decent summer. No real top class spinners to go up against this summer.

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  • mikey76 on April 10, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    I fancy Strauss to hit a big ton against the Windies in May. Pace is definitely his preferance, so I think he'll have a decent summer. No real top class spinners to go up against this summer.

  • RandyOZ on April 11, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    You have to feel for the likes of Middlesex and Warickshire; their teams are going to be greatly depleted with the inclusions of Strauss and Bell.

  • cricket522 on April 11, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    How nice of the ECB to let some of them play. Why did Surrey even sign KP? He is more bothered about the IPL than County cricket but seeing as he is South African its not a surprise I don't see why Middlesex should be forced to play Strauss if he is out of form and detrimental to their batting line up.

  • o-bomb on April 11, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Where it says "available for all cricket" should we read "not in the selectors thoughts for the 1st test against the West Indies"?

  • hhillbumper on April 11, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Randy Oz.No mate we want to lower our standards we just sign Aussies.

  • 2.14istherunrate on April 11, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    I too fancy Strauss for making runs at Lords in May- favourite ground, favourite attack!! I find it unedifying that anyone should see the counties as other than a feed for England. Some counties, like Surrey, are aware of and respond to the bigger picture quite easily. It's amazing that people who support England get on KP's back at all. Did they see the Colombo Test?

  • RandyOZ on April 12, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Is there a better captain in world cricket than Clarke? Absolutely not. The so-called 'number 1' who have just come of the back of 4 straight defeats, are led by the weakest captain in world cricket - coincidence? I think not.

  • PACERONE on April 12, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Strauss will continue to decline.His batting has too many holes in it.He cuts and pulls...and gets out playing those strokes.West Indies will give him a rough time.

  • mikey76 on April 12, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Randy. Why are posting stuff twice on different threads?? You're not that funny. This is about English county cricket. Yet you want to put your limited knowledge of cricket on every english related thread?? Very strange. Cricket522, I dont think Strauss is out of form, he's just not going on and making big scores, its just one of those things. PACERONE, Strauss will love the Windies bowling, as will Bell. Both are proven class test match players with over 30 test centuries between them. But then we could have a great player like Marsh or Cowan in the side haha!.