Tag Aus vs Eng 2009
It's a dream come true for an England cricketer to feature in Ashes squad versus arch rivals Australians. To captain your team, it's even more prestigious.
Andrew Struass was called upon for captainship when Andrew Flintoff quit it and Kevin Pietersen was removed after undisclosed tussle with then coach Peter Moores. Paul Collingwood refused it and England selectors were left with few options. Fall back option rather than a choice, Andrew Strauss, so far, has lead England cricket team in 7 tests of two series, both against West Indies. His captainship record reads = 2 tests won, 1 lost and 3 draw and 1 abandoned (at Antigua, unfit outfield).
Ashes test series 2009 will be Andrew Strauss' third as captain after losing first one in West Indies and winning second one at home.
Andrew Strauss is also the opener, and with Alaistair Cook, he'll have the responsibility to take his team off to solid start in upcoming 10 innings of 5 test match series against Australia. In form Ravi Bopara will don the number 3 spot followed by Kevin Pietersen at 2 down, probably the best spot to bat at in test cricket when ball gets little old and ready to hit around the ground.
Paul Collingwood will be challenged by Ian Bell for the 5th batsman's spot while talismanic all rounder, Andrew Flintoff, makes a come back after slight injury. Stuart Broad is the best best bowling batsman England have in their squad and will hope for some quick runs while picking up wickets with the ball. James Anderson is the in form new ball bowler in this England Ashes squad while Graham Onions most certain to carry the drinks at least in first few tests of the 2009 series.
Graeme Swann is the main spinner in England squad, is in form too, but Monty Panesar's inclusion will keep him on toes. Monty is an experienced left arm spinner, a breed Australians traditionally don't like to face.