England need to ensure none of their players feel home-sick or depressed during the Ashes, says Andrew Strauss

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“I think that’s a role everyone in the team has: to look after each other and make sure we don’t leave anyone alone”

Former England captain Andrew Strauss has called on the national team to look after each other during their tour of Australia next month and to ensure that no one feels home-sick or depressed.

England will be in Australia for three months and Strauss believes that being away from home for such a long period of time could trigger such emotions and feelings.

“I had some warning signs in my head that if I started not wanting to go out in the evenings and just stay in my room, that was a bit of a danger signal for me because that showed I was getting too insular and I wasn’t helping anyone,” Strauss said. “I was constantly making sure I didn’t do that. I think if you get out of your room and spend time with people it’s better. You might start the evening feeling like you want to be lying on your bed, but you get into going out and enjoy it.

“I’d always be trying to look out for people in the team who are getting a bit insular. I think that’s a role everyone in the team has: to look after each other and make sure we don’t leave anyone alone.

“If you’re in a proper team and you do care about each other, it’s not a big ask to do that.”

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