Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Vaughan Calls For Strauss To Miss Bangladesh Tour

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has stated that key players such as Andrew Strauss, Paul Collingwood and James Anderson should be rested when England tour Bangladesh early next year and that the decision should be taken now, rather than leaving it until after the South Africa tour.

There has been some talk of giving Strauss and other senior players a rest but Vaughan told The Guardian that the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) must act quickly and make a firm decision.

"This needs to be addressed now," he said. "Andrew Strauss should be rested for that trip, as should Paul Collingwood, as should Jimmy Anderson.

"They should announce it now because until they do, if the South Africa series goes wrong, then I guarantee that Strauss, Anderson, Collingwood will end up going to Bangladesh. I know what will happen. I've been in the job and I know what happens with the England selectors and I know what happens with the England team.

"We might lose in South Africa, we might lose heavily. Then everyone will start to worry about their position in the team, about young guys coming in. They will know that whoever you put in the team for Bangladesh should do well, so the players will start to get a little bit frightened about their position in the side. The selectors will say, 'We must start winning again' ahead of the next Ashes. England have got to let the players know they're being rested now so that if the South Africa series doesn't go the way we want it to there is not a mass call for these guys to go Bangladesh."

He added that one only needed to look at the form of Collingwood in the Champions Trophy to see the effect a break could have.

"He came back and started believing in himself again," Vaughan added. "He had a fresher mind. He needed to recharge his batteries. He came back and suddenly started hitting the ball. You need to be fresh to play at your maximum. More time at home for the players is paramount."

England's tour of Bangladesh, which comprises two Tests and three One-Day Internationals, gets underway on 28th February.

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