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Strauss' Bangladesh absence 'disrespectful', says Warne

Andrew Strauss
Strauss made his international debut in November 2003

Shane Warne has described England captain Andrew Strauss's decision to miss his country's tour of Bangladesh next month as disrespectful.

Alastair Cook will deputise on the six-week trip for Strauss, who claims he is feeling jaded - an excuse which does not wash with Warne.

"It's a lack of respect for Test cricket," said the Australia legend.

"It's disappointing that the captain of England decides to have a rest from a Test series, I can't comprehend that."

And the leg-spinner believes appointing Cook as skipper for the Tests could prove disruptive for England.

"He's got a style of captaincy, and a new skipper can't be Andrew Strauss, he'll do it his way. So suddenly the players think 'how are we going to play under Alastair Cook?'," added Warne.

Rajasthan Royals captain Warne believes his former Hampshire team-mate, Michael Carberry, could take advantage of Strauss's absence.

"I hope he gets the nod and peels off a couple of hundreds," he said of the 29-year-old batsman.


"Then what are they going to do? Leave Andrew Strauss out? Michael is a wonderful player and I had a lot to do with him down at Hampshire where I was his captain for a few years.

"I saw a lot of good qualities and he just got better and better."

Middlesex opener Strauss has claimed that the time out will keep him fresh for future international challenges.

"It's been a long year, I do feel jaded, and I'm very conscious that in the next 18 months from June we have the Ashes and the World Cup, two big priorities for this team," he said.

However, Warne thinks that Strauss' absence could seriously damage England's chances of victory against the Tigers.

"I hope they are not taking Bangladesh too easy because they can be quite strong," the 40-year-old said.

"What if they win the first Test? Does Strauss fly out for the second?"

England play Twenty20 matches against Pakistan on 19 and 20 February in Dubai before the squad flies on to Bangladesh the following day.

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There they play three one-day internationals followed by two Tests - the first of those starting on 12 March in Chittagong, with the final Test in Mirpur beginning on 20 March.

Warne, meanwhile, tentatively predicted victory for his country in the 2011 Ashes.

"I don't think it's clear-cut," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"England lost 5-0 the last time they came to Australia. That's embarrassing for them so I think they will really want to fight and play better.

"But I think Australia will probably win, although I think it will be a very close series."

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Jonathan Agnew column
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Cook stands in for jaded Strauss
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Ex-captains divided over Strauss
18 Jan 10 |  England
Strauss may miss Bangladesh tour
11 Oct 09 |  England
Johnson pips Strauss to top award
01 Oct 09 |  Cricket
Warne led the way - Bransgrove
07 Jan 10 |  Hampshire
England in UAE & Bangladesh 2010
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