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Monday, May 16, 2011


Andrew Strauss excited to prove himself in Test Cricket

Andrew Strauss, who quit his One-Day International career last week, is determined to prove his abilities as England’s Test skipper.
"If anyone gets the impression I've stopped playing one-day cricket and am gradually winding down to the end of my career that's not the way I see it. I'm not done yet," said Strauss.
Strauss, who was appointed as England’s ODI captain in 2009, brought great improvement in the team’s performance, especially in the year 2010. Under his leadership, English won all of their ODIs last year.
In addition, they also clinched the Ashes series against Australia, at their own home soil, after a long period of 24 years. Ashes victory was the lively proof of Strauss’ captaincy in the Tests.
The veteran had not scored a Test match century at home since his 161 against Australia in July of 2009, at Lords. Since then, he has scored a century against Australia in November in Brisbane, during the first drawn Ashes Test.
The passionate Test skipper said that his upcoming series in India and Sri Lanka will be enough to reply to his critics.
The 34-year-old also revealed that he decided to quit ODIs in order to fully focus on the longer format of cricket, for as long as he could. He also added that he would get back to his full form in Test cricket, not only as a batsman but also as a captain.
Recently, the England Cricket Board (ECB) has brought about big changes in their cricket. The Board limited Strauss to Test captaincy, while appointing Alistair Cook as the ODI captain and Stuart Broad as the Twenty20 skipper.
The former ODI captain also hoped that Pietersen, who was left out of the Captaincy nominations, would be able to perform for England, especially since his hernia treatment is complete.
He also added that being left out of captaincy will entice Pietersen to shine and prove himself as a top class batsman.
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