London: Andrew Strauss has just played his 100th Test match, after recently scoring his 21st century and 7,000th run for a team he steered to the top of the world rankings. Given that landscape, it may sound ridiculous to question his future, but the facts are damning.
England lost the third and final Test at Lord's on Monday by 51 runs to surrender their place as the Test arena's champion team. They have now won only three of their last 11 Tests, while Strauss is without a fifty in his last eight innings. He managed hundreds in consecutive Tests against an average West Indies team in May, but that was after enduring two fruitless years with just one century.
Struggling batsmen can get away with a lot when they are leading a successful team, as was the case with the likes of Mike Brearley and Mark Taylor in the past. But when poor or patchy form is mixed with defeats, then the pressure is on. It has to be, if a team is looking to improve.