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Alastair Cook best suited to lead England in Ashes: Andrew Strauss

England cricket team director Andrew Strauss is convinced Alastair Cook is the best man to lead England into the Ashes, and said he will give the skipper no guarantee beyond this series.

Former England captain Strauss got a baptism by fire as the new director of England cricket when he sacked coach Peter Moores and closed the door on batsman Kevin Pietersen within his first week of taking office.

Now, Strauss has again emphasised that sentiment will play no part in big decision-making by refusing to back his old opening partner to prolong his captaincy after what will be a third Ashes series in charge.

“I said at the start of the summer that Alastair Cook was very much the man to take English Test cricket forward. He’s had two matches and batted and captained well. So my opinion hasn’t changed,” Strauss was quoted as saying by dailymail.co.uk on Thursday.

“But none of us knows what the future holds and what will happen over the next five Tests. It would be wrong to speculate on what happens after this series but at the moment he’s very much the right man.”

For now, Strauss believes Cook, 30, will head to Cardiff for next week’s first Test ready to take on a formidable Australian side.

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