Andrew Strauss, the Supreme of England, admitted that his team will be traveling to Australia to defend the ashes in just over a month, still uncertain about his best test match XI.
But he insisted that Joe Root could join him as England’s victorious captain, “Down Under”, despite the lack of “absolute clarity” about the team’s composition, just a week before the announcement of the team .
England could have taken advantage of the series victories over South Africa (3-1) and the West Indies (2-1), but they have completed their home screening campaign almost where they started, with doubts on the identity of numbers two, three and five in its threshing order
Tom Westley has not yet convinced at number three, having achieved five consecutive single-digit scores before 44, not in a modest and victorious suit against the West Indies at Lord’s this month.
Dawid Malan improved to number five without nailing in one place while Mark Stoneman opens his partner 12 Alastair Cook has had since Strauss retired five years ago.
“There will be opportunities in Australia for boys to make a very strong case for a long-term career in England based on good performance when they really matter to Australia,” said Strauss, Cricket manager for England and Wales of the United Kingdom. reporters at the Trent Bridge on Wednesday.
“I would be lying if I said we were going to Australia with absolute clarity about what is our best XI. We are not in that position now.
Referring to the problems that England had to fill his former post, Strauss said: “I would resist any tale that says we have been cutting and changing softly.
“I think reality is the secret to a long career in England, it’s not how good you are, it’s how consistent you are and these guys have not been consistent enough.”
However, Strauss – who led England to an ashes victory 3-1 in Australia in 2010/11 – is Root, for whom Australia’s tour will be his first overseas mission as a captain of one- test, could match its success.
England will be desperate to take revenge for the 5-0 defeat that suffered in Australia in 2013-14, even though they tore the ashes home in 2015.
Australia is also concerned about makeup on its side, both in terms of its hype and the ability of some key players fast.
“The reality is that there are two teams with very strong assets and vulnerabilities,” Strauss said.
“Our challenge is to start well the turn.If we got off to a good start, we hit the field running and some of the guys who have not played a lot of Test Cricket get an early score so I think we are in an excellent position to win “.
“The biggest challenge”
As for what awaits Root in Australia, Strauss said: “This is the biggest challenge a captain in England will ever have.
There are all sorts of reasons for that. Many of them are out of the field. You live in this incredible bubble for a long period of time, everything is heading towards you as captain of England with regard to responsibility for what is happening on the ground.
“But also the conditions in Australia are very varied from one place to another, at different times of the game, and you have to be able to adapt to the conditions you see in front of you.
“That’s why, deep down, if you’re able to win, certainly for me, it was my best time as a captain of England, and I think Joe will be incredibly motivated to do it at beginning of his career as a captain.
“He has an excellent opportunity, he has his own way of thinking about the game and this will keep him in a very good place in Australia.”
The first Ashes Test will be held in Brisbane from November 23, with more games to follow in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.