Updated: 29/08/2012 08:18 | By pa.press.net

Strauss in spotlight as ECB face press



Andrew Strauss withdrew from Middlesex's game on Tuesday

Andrew Strauss withdrew from Middlesex's game on Tuesday

The England and Wales Cricket Board's managing director Hugh Morris will address the media at noon, raising question marks over the future of Test captain Andrew Strauss.

Strauss, 35, was expected to line up for Middlesex on Tuesday after a short family break following the Test series defeat to South Africa but withdrew from the match in the morning.

A hastily convened press conference was then announced late on Tuesday night, almost two hours after Alastair Cook's limited-overs side lost the second one-day international against the Proteas by 80 runs. The ECB declined to answer calls about the nature of the briefing, leaving Morris to shed further light on the situation at the ECB's Lord's headquarters.

Chief executive Giles Clarke has also been made available for interview at Derbyshire's County Ground at 2pm. To have both of the board's heavy hitters on duty on the same day in different locations suggests a major announcement, meaning there may also be a clarification of Pietersen's future.

Pietersen is currently in England exile after a dramatic summer that has seen him retire from limited-overs cricket, give a strained press conference at Headingley where he brought his Test future into question and admit to sending "provocative" text messages to opponents in the South Africa team.

The Pietersen saga has weighed heavily on Strauss, who appeared visibly drained after the third Test earlier this month and was equivocal when questioned about his plans.

Asked if he would still be in charge for the forthcoming tour of India the opening batsman said: "It's probably hard to answer that after the week that's just gone by. It's been a tiring week.

"We all need to sit down - myself and Andy Flower in particular - and try and map out the way forward."

Those are hardly the words of a captain resolutely defending his position, though Strauss retains the complete backing of Flower as well as the wholehearted support of the dressing room - Pietersen notwithstanding.

At present Strauss' captaincy record stands at 24 wins from 50 matches, making him England's third most experienced leader and the second most successful behind Michael Vaughan. He also led the side to home and away Ashes triumphs as well as the surge to world number one last summer, the first time England had held the position since the rankings were introduced.

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29/08/2012 10:13
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It would be tragic if Strauss resigned as England Captain at this time. He has led England well and my personal view is that he had another 2 years left in him. If he does resign then again, my personal view, is that Pieterson has a lot to answer for!!!!
29/08/2012 09:45
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Keep Straus as captain so they lost to south africa the n1 team whats wrong with that, with what they have done & achieved its one slip up every good team has one now and again.

Pietersen thinks he,s the best in the team he,s got to come down to earth & relise its a team & not just him,ok he,s a prat for what he,s done give him a final warning & if he can,t get he,s act straight get rid but england at the moment can,t lose a good batsman.

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He has been a brilliant captain and leader. Its a pity the KP saga has affected him the way it has.
Personally I think he should give it one more go even though it will be a tough tour in India.
Good luck to him.
29/08/2012 10:59
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Strauss is the right man to captain England....he may not be in great form personally at the moment but he is a good front man and team organiser. Get rid of KP....he is a liability as well as unreliable with the bat! One swallow does not make a summer...we lost this series to a better team and England are a better team than we currently look.Yes, we need to sharpen up the bowling and yes we need on form opening batsmen!  Do NOT make Alistair Cook captain....he needs to get himself together and recover his form...in the past we have ruined good batsmen by lumbering them with the captaincy.....how about Matt Prior????
29/08/2012 11:40
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so they lost  you cant win them all, if they get rid of strauss, they should sort the lot out ,including the coaching staff,get some new players in,
29/08/2012 11:50
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so they lost  you cant win them all, if they get rid of strauss, they should sort the lot out ,including the coaching staff,get some new players in,
29/08/2012 10:33
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The way forward is for Strauss,Pietersen and Flower to go the latter has obviously lost control of this situation what we require is a new coach with a clean sheet and authority to select a  fresh team of youngsters to take our game into the future.  
29/08/2012 09:43
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Laughable, any other sport, sack the manager - Cricket, the world comes to a halt, the country comes to a halt while we have a big debate!!!
29/08/2012 09:50
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This lot is as a bad as our football team,   RARE DO THEY SHINE... that's right they're not stars but damp squibs... They must think that they only have to win once and then do nothing... sounds a bit like LFC...
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