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Strauss handed one-day hint

CRICKET: National selector Geoff Miller has hinted that captain Andrew Strauss will keep his place for the forthcoming one-day series against Australia later this month.

Strauss’ place in the limited-overs game was in doubt following England’s World Twenty20 success under the leadership of Paul Collingwood, but Miller insists the Middlesex opener remains a part of his one-day plans.

“We believe the best preparation for Andrew Strauss’ build up to the NatWest series does not involve the Friends’ Provident T20 fixtures and as such he won’t be available for these matches during this period,” he said.

Pace man Steven Finn has been rested from all cricket, meanwhile, for a period of “strengthening” ahead of next month’s Test series with Pakistan.