Strauss Set to Take Up New England Role

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EOIN Morgan gave his unqualified support to the prospect of former England captain Andrew Strauss taking up a mentoring role with the national team.

Morgan, who will lead England himself in today's International Twenty20 against India in Pune, knows Strauss especially well thanks to their shared connections for club and country.

The Irishman is a Middlesex player, as was Strauss until his retirement last summer.

Morgan also began his England career under Strauss' captaincy and believes he owes much of his development as a cricketer to the help and friendship he received from him.

Reports yesterday suggested Strauss, whose successful tenure as Test captain ended four months ago, may be considered for a consultancy role by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Morgan said: "It sounds like a great idea.

"When I first came into the team Straussy was captain - and the amount I have learned from him both on and off the field, things about life in general, he took me under his wing."

Morgan, taking charge of the Twenty20 team here in the absence of injured regular captain Stuart Broad, is confident Strauss could help others prosper too. …