Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Strauss targets more Ashes glory

Andrew Strauss wants to become the first England captain to win four consecutive Ashes series in the post-war era.

Although he is now 34, the batsman believes he can carry on and wants to add series wins at home against Australia in 2013 and then repeat the feat down under in 2013-14.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live he revealed that he felt the goal of at least playing in the series was a realistic one, although admitted that there was a lot of cricket to come between now and then. People looking at the in-play cricket betting online will know this.

“But I'm not going to say that is definitely what is going to happen. There's a lot of cricket to be played between now and then,” he said.

"We will see where we are in 12 months, then another 12 months and go from there.”

Strauss became the first England captain to win back-to-back Ashes series for 24 years when he led the side to a 3-1 win in Australia last winter.

If the side can win the 2013 series, he would take his place next to Mike Brearley who led England to victory in 1977, 1979 and then took charge of the team midway through the 1981 series after Ian Botham was stripped of the captaincy.

However, the world’s number one Test side have a lot of work to before they can even start thinking about the 2013 series.

They will face Pakistan and Sri Lanka this winter before hosting tours by the West Indies and South Africa in the summer.