Andrew Strauss is, according to reports, being hastily installed as England’s next captain in the wake of Kevin Pietersen’s dramatic resignation, which itself trailed in the wake of the public feud between Pietersen and Peter Moores. With the squad set to depart shortly for a tour of the West Indies, the long-term picture remains unclear, especially as the side is currently without a captain or a coach.
This could be the chance that Strauss has been waiting for. The last time the captaincy was available, Lord Brockett of Strauss wasn’t even sure of his place in the side, but recent back-to-back centuries in Chennai have ensured that he is a firm fixture in the Test side at least.
Whether Pietersen will be back, and in what capacity, remains to be seen. Personally, I cannot imagine him staying out in the cold (whether by his choice or the ECB’s) for too long in an Ashes year.
UPDATE: KP has officially gone now, although he is adamant that he didn’t resign this morning. Moores has been sacked, Strauss is to captain the side for the tour of the Windies.