Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Strauss Will Deliver, Insist Ashes Heroes

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Strauss Will Deliver, Insist Ashes Heroes

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Byline: Sam Peters

Despite his poor start as captain, both Vaughan and Flintoff are certain that the skipper is still the perfect man for England.

ANDREW STRAUSS heads into tomorrow's third oneday international with glowing endorsements of his captaincy credentials from two of the most inf luential players in the England dressing room.

Fit again all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and former captain Michael Vaughan have both backed the Middlesex opener to succeed as skipper despite a difficult first tour that has seen the tourists record just one victory.

There have been question marks over Strauss's position in the limited overs XI although he did his best to show the selectors that he deserves his place with a battling hundred against the West Indies in the last one-day international in Guyana.

Vaughan, who has his sights set on a return to the Test team ahead of this summer's Ashes, has no doubt Strauss will prove his worth.

"Andrew is the right man and a very, very good leader," said Vaughan.

"Certainly for the long term I hope he is going to be captain for the Ashes and well beyond that. I think he creates stability around the team. There's a lot of talent in that England dressing room, it's just about trying to nurture that talent into a winning formula.

"We just have to get that winning momentum back to the team." Flintoff's return at the Bridgetown Oval following a spell on the sidelines with a hip strain will balance the side and provide Strauss with much-needed extra firepower with bat and ball.

Like Vaughan, Flintoff believes Strauss is the man to lead England in both forms of the game.

"Straussy just scored a hundred in his last one-day international and was probably our best player," said Flintoff.

"All this talk about split captaincy is nonsense. Strauss is our captain, he's the one who tosses the coin and leads the team on the field. …

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