Vaughan tips Strauss to quit as skipper

FORMER England skipper Michael Vaughan believes Andrew Strauss will relinquish the captaincy of the one-day side following Saturday’s savage World Cup beating at the hands of Sri Lanka.

England’s head coach Andy Flower revealed he would consult with Strauss over his future plans, but only once the dust has settled on the side’s ignominious 10-wicket quarter-final defeat in Colombo. And Vaughan who, like Strauss, combined the roles of Test and one-day captain during his playing career, believes the pressures of combining professional duties and maintaining a stable life at home will see the Middlesex man step down.

“He is a mature bloke and a mature captain and his heart is in the captaincy,” said Vaughan. “But he’ll also understand that when he gets home he needs to decide what is best for the England set-up.

“You are away for so long. He has a lovely young family and it comes to a stage when he needs to ask himself if he needs to be doing that consistently.

“Will he be at the next World Cup in four year’s time. You have to say he probably won’t be.

“He may carry on into the summer for continuity into the India series. But I have a sneaky suspicion that [the Sri Lanka quarter-final] was his last game.”


Alastair Cook: Not a part of the one-day set-up but would be a like-for-like replacement and is favourite to inherit the Test captaincy too.

Stuart Broad: Spate of on-field controversies raise doubts over his temperament, but winter stint as a pundit revealed a tactical understanding not previously given credit for.

Jonathan Trott: Unflappable and sure of his place in the side. Only been on international scene for two years though.