England Test captain, Andrew Strauss, has denied claims that he was forced to resign as ODI captain.
Former England captain, Bob Willis, who is currently a SKY TV pundit, claims that Strauss handed over the ODI captaincy to Alastair Cook in 2011 due to being under heavy pressure and criticism by the nation.
The Sun, a UK based national paper, quoted Strauss as saying: “That was pretty disappointing considering the person in question knows neither me nor my wife. Well nobody is beyond criticism. I didn’t feel, I don’t feel, that the talk of me finishing after that game was right. I can’t agree with that, but those are the things you have to deal with as an England player.”
“I hate my players having to come out and defend me – as a captain you want to feel that you are one of the first names on the team sheet, so that has been very frustrating. But I was so determined, and feel very determined to take the team further,” he added.
Strauss, who led England to the number one Test spot, is under some scrutiny after only hitting one century in 48 innings, however, he did make an outstanding 61 in the second Test match against Sri Lanka at Colombo.
Strauss has admitted that he is frustrated by the lack of high scores he has made, as well as having his teammates defend him in public.
“What Colombo has taught me is how much gas there is left in the tank yet. No one likes to be the topic of the month – it’s not fun to feel that pressure. I had a long chat with Andy Flower and we agreed that sometimes when you become the focus it forces you to confront the problem,” he said.
However, Strauss has refused to give up, stating that many other great players have gone through the stage he is experiencing in their illustrious careers.
“It shouldn’t get to the stage where you need a jab to perform but it often does. There are countless examples of players who have timed their run late to re-establish their credentials,” he said.