Strauss: Alcohol is not to blame

CRICKET: England captain Andrew Strauss yesterday insisted all-rounder Andrew Flintoff&rsquo;s latest indiscretion was not alcohol-related.<br /><br />Flintoff, who was famously sent home from the 2007 World Cup for a drink-fuelled pedalo expedition, missed the team bus for a visit to World War I memorial sites in Belgium on Saturday.<br /><br />But Strauss said Flintoff&rsquo;s lapse in timekeeping was not down to him being drunk the previous night, and praised his improved behaviour. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a punctuality issue. He missed the bus but played a full part in the rest of the day&rsquo;s activities and seemed absolutely fine,&rdquo; said Strauss.<br /><br />&ldquo;We had a team dinner the previous night and certainly alcohol wasn&rsquo;t banned, but there&rsquo;s no reason to suspect there was anything massively untoward happening.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s something he&rsquo;s been working very hard on &ndash; I think he generally recognises when the times are to drink and when not to drink. And it&rsquo;s important, clearly career-wise, that he stays on the right side of that.&rdquo;