Boycott: Strauss wrong man for ECB

Published: Monday 4th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Geoffrey Boycott has warned that frontrunner Andrew Strauss may not be the right man to become England’s new director of cricket.

Strauss was one of three former England captains, along with Michael Vaughan and Alec Stewart, who threw their hat into the ring for the position when it was created last month following Paul Downton’s sacking as managing director.

Vaughan was the early favourite, despite thriving alternate careers in media and business, but appears to have distanced himself from the role.

On Monday he wrote a damning column for the Daily Telegraph about the England set-up following their defeat by West Indies in Barbados – hardly the work of a man about to begin work with the ECB.

Strauss is reportedly close to securing the appointment, but Boycott, another decorated former England captain, believes the 38-year-old is too close to the current regime – personally and in mindset – to bring about the required changes.

“We have a cautious captain (Alastair Cook) and a cautious coach (Peter Moores). If it is Strauss, he’s the same,” Boycott told Test Match Special.

“He likes Cook, so he’s going to go with Cook and everything stays the same.

“Nothing changes, they’ll just go on with the same people. Andrew Strauss will come in, Cook’s his mate and everything will go on just the same. Sad.”

Cook has a strong friendship with Strauss, with the pair opening for England together between 2006 and 2012, but he kept the recruitment process at arm’s length as he focused on the on-field job in the West Indies.

Asked in the aftermath of defeat in Bridgetown about Strauss’ candidacy, Cook said: “If Straussy or whoever gets the job, we’ll sit down and talk and work out what we can do best for England cricket.

“That’s what I’ve always been proud to say I’ve tried in my role as England captain. I don’t think that changes whoever is director of England cricket.”

Vaughan, meanwhile, penned a strongly-worded opinion piece about the national side’s shortcomings.

He wrote: “It is time for some honesty from England about the Test team and accept they are not as good as we, and they, think they are.

“There is a chance England can move forward once they accept that state of affairs.

“England denied their problems and weaknesses for so long in one-day cricket and said it will come good on the night at the World Cup. It did not, so let’s get real about the Test team.”

Vaughan did not spare Cook as part of his critique, questioning the skipper’s public pronouncements and also his role in selection.

“I have been concerned hearing Alastair Cook point to past successes,” he continued.

“What worked in 2009-2012 is irrelevant now, but if you keep playing attritional cricket you produce attritional characters who can’t think any other way.

“I actually don’t blame the selectors. They do not have a massive say on the final XI. You have to look at the captain and coach.

“The captain and coach make the final call of whatever the team is going to be, so they have to be responsible for performance levels.”

Published: Monday 4th May 2015 by The News Editor

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