County Cricket 2012 August 27, 2012

Strauss withdrawn from Championship action

ESPNcricinfo staff

Andrew Strauss will not return to action for Middlesex this week after he and the ECB decided on further rest following the series against South Africa.

When the ECB announced player availability last week Strauss was set to play the Championship match against Worcestershire at New Road, which starts on Tuesday, following a short family holiday after the end of the Test summer. Middlesex have their final first-class match against Lancashire, at Lord's, next week.

Strauss had a poor series with the bat, scoring just 107 runs six innings, and also had to contend with the situation surrounding Kevin Pietersen and his omission from the final Test at Lord's.

Strauss and Pietersen, who will be in action for Surrey against Somerset this week, are due to meet shortly in the first stages of talks to try and resolve the situation which has led to major doubts as to whether Pietersen will be able to continue his international career.

Following the 2-0 loss against South Africa, which led to England losing the No. 1 Test ranking, Strauss said he wanted time to think over the future and talk with Andy Flower, the team director, but remained confident he would continue to lead the team.

10.00am August 28: This article was amended to correct the location of Middlesex's match against Lancashire

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  • Hira on August 28, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    I agree he has too much rest already, time to play...

  • Dummy4 on August 28, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Strauss hardly had enough time in the middle to get tired. They know he's out of form and will struggle against the Worcs attack. Sad, really.

  • Dummy4 on August 28, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Strauss needs to retire whilst his average is still slightly above 40. He has been worked out by bowlers, they know how to bowl at him, and India is not a place where he will score runs. His average will drop to that of Atherton, Nasser, Stewart, so he probably to all ends and purposes hang up his boots.

    KP will be accepted back into the fold after all the necessary apologies and safety assurances are put into place. I think he has got the shock of his life, and by laying low, playing for Surrey, staying off twitter, he will get a central contract come September, and there will be a new Captain for India

  • Andrew on August 28, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    @threeslipsandagully - well actually two of those 3 have had pretty impressive county seasons, so that was a pretty weak quip!

  • Satish on August 28, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Well.. Wasn't he having enough rest while his teammates were batting against SA? Lol..

  • Dummy4 on August 28, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Spare a thought for Strauss. Place yourself in his boots with the humdinging KP-controversy spinning in his mind. It is tough on him and it affects the team. I will not be surprised if the ECB release him from the captaincy and "reinstate" KP after apologies of course. (Remember when KP was captain, ECB relieved him from the job and fired the coach Moores.) Strauss's form may then improve. His poor form could be as a result of the squabble between him, KP, "Broad, Swann" and other.

  • Charles on August 28, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    @RandyOZ At least they don't have Ed Cowan, Phil Hughes or Shaun Marsh in their top order.

  • Randolph on August 27, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    Big boost for Middlesex. They won't have to accommodate for a 3rd grade cricketer in their team.

  • I on August 27, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Fair enough, he could do with a break with the family after captaining another difficult test series, but where's he going to get any match practice from before the India series?

  • Kaspar Damm on August 27, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Middlesex's last match against Lancashire is at Lord's, we've already played them at Aigburth. Unless the schedule has changed, of course...

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