Strauss set for one-day retirement

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SPECULATION continues to grow that Andrew Strauss will step down as England’s one-day captain after this World Cup ends which, for England, will be on Friday if they lose to the West Indies.

The England management are denying reports that he will quit one-day international cricket but it appears to be a growing possibility that the 34-year-old will do so and concentrate on leading the Test side.

Hugh Morris, the managing director of the England team, said it was not a conversation he had had with Strauss.

“We are concentrating on Friday’s important game but after every winter series we have a robust debrief and Andrew, naturally, will be involved in that,” said Morris.

England know they will be out should they fail to beat West Indies after Bangladesh pushed them out of the top four places with their six-wicket win over the Netherlands yesterday. An England win would almost certainly see them make the quarter-finals and mean that Bangladesh would have to beat South Africa in their final game to overhaul them. In addition, only a West Indies win over India in their final game would then see Chris Gayle’s side go back above England.

Netherlands made 160 and after losing Tamim Iqbal to the fourth ball, Bangladesh made 166-4 in the 42nd over.