The announcement of crickets worst kept secret was confirmed today when England announced their Test and ODI squads for the tour of Bangladesh. The news that Andrew Strauss is to be rested from the tour, with Alastair Cook filling in as captain, was greeted with a mixed response.
In my view it is a tough call to make, on one hand your captain should be there and with Strauss not playing T20’s, there surely is enough time for him to rest ahead of the summer.
If England where to come unstuck in Bangladesh, the fall out would be massive.
Another problem that could emerge from this, is a possible feeling of resentment in the dressing room. Some other senior players might be looking at the situation and thinking ‘whats good for him is good for me’, I’m sure there are a few others that don’t really fancy this trip.
Paul Collingwood for one, could have cause for complaint such is the workload he undertakes, in Tests, ODIs and T20’s.
The flip side to this is that Strauss took over at a turbalent time and has had non-stop cricket since, the added pressures that come with the captaincy may well have drained his resourses and partly caused the recent dip in his form, maybe a spell away from it all, to revitalise him ahead of a busy schedule including the Ashes, is what is best for him.
After all, England’s last two long term captains, Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan, both looked broken men when they resigned the position.
Only time will tell if it is the right call, maybe a more practical solution might have been for Strauss to play the Test series and then skip the ODIs?
One thing that will confirm it to be the correct decision is if Strauss where to win the Ashes series starting in November, I doubt anyone would question the decision then!