London :  England team director Andrew Strauss is convinced Alastair Cook is the best man to lead England into the Ashes, and said he will give the skipper no guarantee beyond this series.

“I said at the start of the summer that Alastair Cook was very much the man to take English Test cricket forward. He’s had two matches and batted and captained well. So my opinion hasn’t changed,” Strauss was quoted as saying by

“But none of us knows what the future holds and what will happen over the next five Tests. It would be wrong to speculate on what happens after this series but at the moment he’s very much the right man.”

For now, Strauss believes Cook will head to Cardiff for next week’s first Test ready to take on the Australian side. “He’s incredibly motivated by this series and from a personal and team level this is a very important series for him.

He enters it in a better frame of mind than he has for some time,” the 38-year-old, who scored 7,037 runs in 100 Test matches for England before retiring in 2012, said. —IANS

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