Strauss criticises England’s schedule

March 28, 2011

England captain Andrew Strauss criticised his team’s schedule this year after the 10-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in their World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

Strauss told a news conference it was a huge task for his players to tour Australia for three months and then go straight to the World Cup without spending time at home.

“The scheduling is not good and it doesn’t give you the best chance but that’s not an excuse for us not doing well here,” he said. “But it would have been better that that had been changed in this particular one.

Strauss said he had not yet thought about his future as captain of the 50 overs one-day team.

“I still think I have a lot of cricket in me,” he said.

“But we have got to sit down with the selectors at the end of this tournament and talk a way forward for both the test side and the one-day side.

“We are going to have to think about what the best options are.”

Strauss conceded that England had not been good enough to win the World Cup despite their Ashes triumph.

“Since then things have got tough. We had to deal with injuries and people have lost form,” he said.

“We showed some fight, but we didn’t have enough quality to go on and win this tournament. That’s the reality.”

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