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Somerset to play Strauss against India

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Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss will hope for some valuable batting time against India after a disappointing npower Test series against Sri Lanka

ECB today announced that the England Test captain Andrew Strauss will play for Somerset in their three-day tour match against India at Taunton next month (July 15th-17th) ahead of the first npower Test against India at Lord's (July 21st-24th).

ECB managing director – England Cricket Hugh Morris said: “As Middlesex do not have an LV= County Championship match scheduled in the three-week period leading up to the first npower Test, the England team management felt it would be beneficial for Andrew play in India’s tour match.

“We are very grateful to Somerset’s director of cricket Brian Rose and Middlesex’s managing director of cricket, Angus Fraser, for their co-operation in this matter and believe it will provide Andrew with valuable preparation in the longer form of the game ahead of the forthcoming npower Test series against India.”

Andrew Strauss said: "Andy Flower and I looked at the schedule in the three weeks leading up to the first npower Test against India and looked at what opportunities there might be for me to play cricket.

"We saw that Somerset had a tour match against India and we decided to approach them and see if they would be willing for me to play.

"We were very sensitive to Somerset's feelings on this and if at any stage we felt they weren't comfortable with the idea then it would have been a non-starter but they were very keen on the idea and we're very grateful for them to give me the opportunity to play some cricket before the first npower Test match and hopefully I can spend a bit of time with their young cricketers at the same time.

"It helps my preparation for the npower Test series and hopefully it will help Somerset and ultimately it will help out England's preparations for the Test series as well.

"Any time I get the opportunity to play against the touring side prior to the series starting I take because it gives me an opportunity to see their bowlers and more than anything it's about getting some cricket.

"I'll be doing a lot of work in the nets over the next few weeks but you can't replicate what happens in a match in the nets. This gives me another opportunity to hopefully have another innings before the npower Test series starts."