I read with surprise the news yesterday morning, suggesting that Strauss was about to resign as captain of the England cricket team. As the morning wore on, articles and items on the Guardian website and Sky News persuaded me that it was not just an idle flight of fancy. 

And then at 12 midday the press conference took place and Strauss resigned from the captaincy and all international and domestic cricket.

It was a real shock. I can understand resigning from the captaincy and the England team entirely – although if he only resigned the captaincy in order to concentrate on his batting, that would have been okay. But a complete break with the England team makes sense – he won’t be a shadow, interfering in Cook’s decision-making. He’s done the decent thing and given Cook a clear run, so well done to him.

I am surprised that he won’t be returning to Middlesex though, I would have thought another season or two could have cushioned the blow of his England departure. But again, I suppose we are coming to the end of the season, and he wouldn’t play again until March next year. 

I know Cook is the anointed one, and he’s been groomed for this role, but I’m not sure. And his first experience will be against India in India – not the easiest way to bed yourself in. In fact, it may be a bit of a baptism of fire. But let’s wait and see, I suppose.

Fingers crossed he makes a good fist of it. I’m looking forward to it.

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