Cook to toast Strauss
Alastair Cook plans to raise a glass to predecessor Andrew Strauss before tackling the issue of how to replace one of the most celebrated Test captains in England history.
Strauss retired from professional cricket yesterday, leading to the promotion of Cook, who was his vice-captain in the longest format and had already taken over the one-day international leadership after last year's World Cup.
The 50-over transition has thus far run smoothly, with some impressive performances and 10 victories against just one defeat, albeit sustained yesterday, since the turn of the year.
The 27-year-old nevertheless knows he has a huge job on his hands but his first plan is to pay sufficient homage to his retired colleague.
"Obviously I've got huge boots to fill following Straussy," said Cook, sitting alongside Strauss at Lord's yesterday.
"He's done an incredible job. Speaking for the players, it was a sad dressing room yesterday when we found out. I think that speaks volumes for Straussy and what he has done for the side.
"It was sad, it was sudden news and we have all seen Straussy as our leader, me included.
"We have such huge challenges to come as a side, India away and two Ashes series, so we have to move on quickly. That is the way sport goes. But I know in that dressing room we will share a beer with Straussy and remember what he has done - an amazing job for this team."