Strauss will take time to reflect on his future

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Published: 12:02 28/03/2011

Andy Flower has said England cricket administrators will discuss the future role of Andrew Strauss when they meet ahead of the Test series against India and Sri Lanka this summer.

Strauss has denied reports that he will resign his position as one-day captain following England’s failure in the ICC World Cup where they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Sri Lanka. Flower admitted that he had discussed the matter with Strauss but insists they should take some time to reflect on the long winter schedule before coming to a decision.

"Straussy and I talked about this briefly when a story broke speculating about his one-day future," said the coach. "We have discussed it, and certainly he shouldn't be making any decisions right now - and he's not. He's got a few weeks off with his family at home, and so have I."


Flower and Strauss will sit down with managing director Hugh Morris when the England and Wales Cricket Board meet in May when Strauss’ future role will be on the agenda.


"We will be discussing this subject," added Flower. "He's still a very important part of England's cricket future - and whether that includes one-day cricket or not, let's clear our minds, have a couple of weeks away from each other and we will have a clearer idea of the situation and the way forward."


Criticism of England’s World Cup performances and poor one-day record has led to speculation that Strauss will stand down as captain of the 50-over side with Alistair Cook being mooted as the likely replacement.


But, former England captain Michael Vaughan suggested to Sky Sports News that England should consider other options: “Alastair Cook is the front runner and pretty much where all the money will be but I don't know if it isn't maybe time to go a little bit left wing and throw someone like Stuart Broad into the ring,” he said.


"If you look back at the last six captains of the one-day team, they have all been batsmen. Maybe Stuart Broad will bring something else. He will need good players and we will need more power and we need more wicket-takers."

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