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Strauss seeks new coach decision

Andrew Strauss
Strauss suffered defeat in his first series as England captain

Captain Andrew Strauss has called on the England and Wales Cricket Board to appoint the new national team coach as soon as possible.

Andy Flower has filled the role in a temporary capacity since the departure of Peter Moores in January.

The ECB wants to name a coach before West Indies arrive in England on 6 May.

And Strauss told BBC Sport: "The sooner it is the better. Clarity is important and an ability to get on with what's going to be a big job this summer."

Flower, who was previously assistant to Moores, led England on a demanding tour of the West Indies featuring four Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match.

Although England lost the Test series 1-0 they then won their first one-day series win in the Caribbean and Flower's good relationship with Strauss has helped to make him the leading candidate for the permanent role.

"I've had no involvement (in the appointment of a new coach) whatsoever, apart from my thoughts on how things went with Andy Flower," said Strauss.

"I think they went very well but I don't know who the other candidates are so it would be wrong for me to comment too much further on it."

I believe quite strongly that I'm not in the best 11 Twenty20 players in the country and therefore it would be wrong to captain the side

England captain Andrew Strauss

Strauss, meanwhile, had no complaints with his omission from England's provisional 30-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 tournament and insisted it was a mutual decision.

"I believe quite strongly that I'm not in the best 11 Twenty20 players in the country and therefore it would be wrong to captain the side," said the 32-year-old Middlesex left-hander.

"I feel very differently on both one-day and Test cricket but in Twenty20 I think there are 11 better players. I said I felt it was right they look for someone else to lead the side and the selectors felt very similarly so it was very much a mutual thing.

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"They're going to have to make a decision in the next couple of weeks as to who is going to be the best guy to lead that Twenty20 squad.

"Hopefully that situation is cleared up and England can go on to have a successful summer in Test cricket, 50-over cricket and the ICC World Twenty20 as well."

Strauss dismissed any suggestion that he was fatigued after the Caribbean tour and will talk with his county about how best to prepare for the visit of West Indies and then Australia for the Ashes.

"I don't think I need a rest but it will help my individual preparation that I can concentrate a little bit more on the five-day stuff rather than Twenty20," he added. "But I don't feel that jaded as this stage, that's not what this is about.

"If I can play some championship cricket that would be fantastic. I need to sit down with Middlesex and figure out how they feel they can get the most out of me and how I can can get the most out of them."

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