3 January 2008

Strauss back in?

I've nothing against Strauss at all, but in many ways I hope this report that Strauss may come back for the New Zealand series is wrong. It would be back to the bad old days of reactionary England selections. Bopara or Shah would be the obvious people to go, but neither of them has done anything to warrant exclusion based on the Sri Lanka trip, and Strauss has done nothing to warrant inclusion having been left out of the squad for Sri Lanka - as far as I know he hasn't even played although he is going to play for Wellington in New Zealand.

One of the few successes in Sri Lanka was the opening partnership which was more solid than recent times so there seems no rationale for bringing Strauss back, and to bring him back would be to admit that the selectors think they made a mistake in their squad selection for Sri Lanka.

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