Former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss, who is competing in the London Marathon, gave his thoughts on the 2013 Ashes series and Kevin Pietersen’s injury absence for the upcoming two-Test series with New Zealand.
Strauss believes that Kevin Pietersen is being saved for the Ashes after the England batsman was ruled out of two-Test series with New Zealand.
Pietersen has been struggling with a knee injury and the 32-year-old is due to have a scan next week to discover the extent of the damage.
“He’ll be really keen to make sure it is one hundred per cent right for Ashes series and if that means missing out on a couple of Tests against New Zealand then it’s a price worth paying,” said Strauss.
After the series with New Zealand, the ICC Champions Trophy takes place in England and Wales in June, but Strauss believes much of the focus will be on the Ashes, which begin at Trent Bridge.
Strauss feels England are in good shape following their Test series win in India and their hard-fought drawn series in New Zealand and should retain the urn.
“We’re looking good, I think Australia are a little bit better than people are going to give them credit for at the moment and they’ll be competitive but I fully expect England to win.” He said.
Australia were embroiled in some controversy in their recent 4-0 Test whitewash against India.
They chose to drop four players for the third Test, including vice captain Shane Watson, after they failed to give a presentation over how the team could improve against India.