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Captaincy an issue for England

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The chairman of selectors for the England cricket team David Graveney admits that England must sort out who will be the captain for the tour of Australia this winter.

With Michael Vaughan ruled out through injury, Andrew Flintoff appeared set to lead the side into action Down Under. However, the all-rounder has been forced to miss the home series against Pakistan due to an ankle operation and now faces a battle to be fit in time for the first Test against the Australians.

In his absence Andrew Strauss has steered the side to back to-back Test wins at Old Trafford and Headingley, which has secured England a first series win since the last Ashes series.

Graveney knows the selectors must soon name their skipper for the tour and he hinted that Flintoff could well be given the job back, providing he is fully fit.

“Duncan, quite rightly, has been quoted in the press, we need to talk about it,” he told Sky Sports News.

“That’s that statement that has been made and that’s the line. Both have done very well and they both have aspirations to lead in Australia. We, as selectors, need to talk to the individuals concerned but from the process adopted you can probably get a fair indication of how we are thinking,” he added.

Flintoff is not the only injured star who could return to face Australia, as Ashley Giles is also hopeful of returning to fitness in time to be selected for the trip.

However, the spinner is not certain to get his place back in the starting XI after Monty Panesar has performed so admirably in his absence.

Graveney is pleased with how Panesar has quickly developed into an international bowler, although he feels the new hero of English cricket must keep his feet on the ground.

Source: The News

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