The Sydney Morning Herald – England’s top-order batting woes mean they’ll arrive for the Ashes in Australia dogged by uncertainty, the country’s director of cricket, Andrew Strauss, concedes.

Summary

  • England’s top-order batting woes mean they’ll arrive for the Ashes in Australia dogged by uncertainty, the country’s director of cricket, Andrew Strauss, concedes.
  • But Strauss, one of four English captains to win an away Ashes series, has backed skipper Joe Root to overcome anything Australia throw his way this summer.
  • Since Strauss’ retirement, England have struggled to find an opening partner for Alastair Cook, with Keaton Jennings and Mark Stoneman failing to make their mark in recent Test series.
  • But his next challenge is the ultimate, according to Strauss, who rates his 2010-11 Ashes victory in Australia as the greatest moment of his captaincy.
  • “It’s the biggest challenge an England captain will ever have,” said Strauss, who led England 50 times in 100 Tests.


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