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Strauss named England captain

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The England selectors have announced that Andrew Strauss will captain the side for the 1st npower Test against Pakistan at Lord’s next week.

Andrew Flintoff, who skippered England in their two most recent Test series against Sri Lanka and India, will resume the Test captaincy once he has recovered from an ankle injury.

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Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney, said: “Andrew Flintoff will have his ankle re-assessed in the next few days and we will have a clearer idea then of when he will be able to return to the team and take over the captaincy.

“We are fortunate to have a very capable deputy available in Andrew Strauss and he will continue to lead the Test side in Andrew Flintoff’s absence.”

Strauss said: “It will be a great honour to captain England in a Test Match for the first time and to lead the team out at Lord’s will be a special moment for me.

“At this stage, I have been asked to take on the captaincy on a temporary basis until Andrew Flintoff is available for selection again.

“I fully respect the decision the selectors have taken and will be happy to play under Andrew’s captaincy.

"He proved to be an inspirational captain in the Test Series in India and everyone in the dressing room is hoping that he can make a speedy return to the side.”