England Test captain Andrew Strauss is being backed by team-mates Steven Finn and Jonathan Trott even though his tenure as skipper is under scrutiny after a run of poor results.
Questions have been raised about Strauss’s future following defeat by Sri Lanka in the first Test and his indifferent form.
“I don’t think there is any question he won’t be in charge this summer and beyond,” Finn said. Trott added: “I don’t see anyone else captaining England – well, not for a couple of years.”
The 75-run defeat in Galle was England’s fourth in a row following the 3-0 whitewash by Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year.
Strauss’s 110 against Australia in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane in November 2010 is his only century in 48 Test innings. He is averaging just 25.4 – compared to his career average of 41.2 – in four Test matches this winter.
England batting coach and former captain Graham Gooch said after Thursday’s collapse against Sri Lanka that he does not believe Strauss, 35, will quit.
And Finn believes his Middlesex county colleague is still the right man to lead England in the five-day format.