Monday, March 30, 2009

Andrew Strauss: Successful Return to One-Day Cricket

Andrew Strauss had played his last ODI match way back in 2007 ICC World Cup in West Indies before coming to lead England against West Indies in the first of the five-match ODI series. No doubt, his recall to the ODI squad came thanks to his England captaincy and now I must say that Strauss deserved the recall. Specially after his matching winning 79 off 61 in the fourth ODI justified his recall in the limited over cricket.

Andrew Strauss was handed over the England captaincy following the resignation of former captain Kevin Pietersen in the wake of his clash with sacked coach Peter Moors. Until he became England captain, Strauss had regularly been playing in test cricket. After 2007 world cup, Strauss was dropped from ODI squad, and did not receive a recall for about 2 years despite his consistent performance in test cricket.

Yesterday, England was handed a revised target of 122 runs from 20 overs due to rain, after West Indies put on 239 runs losing 9 wickets in their allotted 50 overs. However, excellent power batting display from Andrew Strauss guided England towards the winning target, losing only 1 wicket and England clinched the victory with 9 balls in hands. Strauss even hit an excellent century in the second ODI that England lost only by 21 runs.

During his 79-run unbeaten innings, Strauss hit 9 boundaries and an over-boundary. No doubt, the way he batted yesterday was a stark contrast to his typical batting. After being named as England captain in all forms of cricket, there were many who were skeptical about his performance in limited over cricket. Now, it seems that he has proven all his critics wrong and he is pretty much capable of cementing a regular place in the ODI and Twenty20 squad thanks to his batting performance, not for captaincy.

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