Anderson was rested for the third Test against the West Indies as part of Strauss’ rotation policy
England Test captain Andrew Strauss has defended the use of the rotation policy for his squad, stating that his teammates will see the benefit of it when they host South Africa in a vital Test series next month.
England pace duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad were rested for the third and final Test against the West Indies since England had won the previous two Tests.
The decision to leave out Anderson and Broad led to harsh criticisms about England partially devaluing Test cricket by not playing their strongest side at all times.
Furthermore, when Tino Best scored 95 runs, the best ever made by a number 11 batsman, the critics believed that Strauss and the rest of the England squad had got what they deserved for resting two of their key bowlers.
However, England coach Andy Flower, noted that Strauss made the right decision to implement the rotation policy, since the side have an extremely packed schedule ahead of them.
Talking about his decision to invoke the rotation policy, Strauss said: “One of the things about missing a couple of your senior players is it makes you realise what role they do play in the side as well as allowing you to see what role the other guys could play in the side, I think the picture is a lot clearer now, having seen that.”
“In a way, although we didn’t play brilliantly, I am very comfortable we made that decision, because it will serve us well come the South Africa series. As I’ve said, Onions and Finn both showed that they are definitely Test quality bowlers and they offer a lot in a number of areas,” Strauss added.
However, Strauss stated that he was relieved to have won another series quite convincingly, but also thanked the West Indies for making it a competitive and entertaining Test series.
“The West Indies have got some dangerous players there and we were able to overcome that challenge, It wasn’t a perfect performance by us…you don’t want to be in a situation where No. 11 gets 95 all that often!,” Strauss said.
England will now host Australia in an ODI series, but none of them will feature Strauss, who quit limited overs cricket after the 2011 World Cup.
“I’m going to take a little bit of a break but I’m going to keep batting all the way through, the worst thing you can do when you’ve got a bit of rhythm is to go away and not pick up a bat for a long period of time, so I’ll be batting again pretty soon and then obviously playing a game for Middlesex before the Test matches against South Africa,” Strauss added.