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SBD Global/August 30, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Strauss Resigns From Cricket, Cook Fills His Shoes
Published August 30, 2012
TEAMMATE TROUBLES: In London, Mike Selvey opined on whether Strauss' departure makes a return for Pietersen, guessing "that it will not." Cook might be keen "on a fresh start, but his team surely would close ranks and Pietersen would become a total outsider" (GUARDIAN, 8/29). Also in London, Dan Hodges wrote Strauss had to manage some of the biggest "personalities" to have inhabited an English dressing room. Over the last few days, "much attention has been paid" to the Pietersen issue. Hodges wrote: "But I still remember seeing Strauss throwing up his arms in frustration in the middle of the final morning of the 2009 Ashes test at Lords, as ANDREW FLINTOFF -- not fully fit, but seeking the elusive fifth Australian wicket that would see his name on the famous Honours Board -- argued against being brought out of the attack." Strauss did well "to manage Flintoff's egotistic desire to make that series his farewell tour, as he has done with other high-maintenance players," such as GRAEME SWANN, who went from being a "managerial nightmare to England's single most-valuable player" (TELEGRAPH, 8/29).