Trott: Strauss still has years left as captain

Julian Harris
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ENGLAND’S Jonathan Trott threw his weight behind under-fire captain Andrew Strauss yesterday, insisting that his fellow batsman will lead the side into the 2013 Ashes series and beyond.

Strauss has delivered England to the top of cricket’s world Test rankings yet faces growing criticism ahead of tomorrow’s second and final battle against Sri Lanka, with his team losing their last four first-class matches.

“I don’t see anyone else captaining England,” Trott said. “Well, not for a couple of years. Everyone is 100 per cent behind him. He’s a fantastic leader and there is no doubt in my mind he’s our captain.”

His words were echoed by Strauss’s Middlesex and England colleague Steven Finn, who could be called up to replace injured fast-bowler Stuart Broad.

“I don’t think there is any question he won’t be in charge this summer and beyond,” the seam-bowler said.

“He’s a great captain and everyone is behind him. It’s not a conversation that has come up in the team because nobody thinks it is valid.”

Finn has not represented England in a Test since last summer but is in contention to replace Broad, who picked up a calf strain in last week’s 75-run first Test defeat in Galle.