England skipper admits frustration
England skipper Andrew Strauss believes he was unfairly criticised during his Test side's poor run of form at the start of the year.
The number one-ranked Test side endured a torrid time in the United Arab Emirates as they went down 3-0 to Pakistan in alien conditions in the Middle East.
England then went 1-0 down in their last series with Sri Lanka before turning their fortunes around in their last outing, beating the subcontinental outfit by eight wickets.
Strauss had been struggling for runs and there were questions raised on whether the Middlesex opener was the right man to lead his country at Test level.
However the 35-year-old produced a decent innings in Colombo to answer some of his critics.
Strauss told The Times: "Well nobody is beyond criticism. I didn't feel, I don't feel, that the talk of me finishing after that game was right.
"I can't agree with that, but those are the things you have to deal with as an England player.
"I hate my players having to come out and defend me; as a captain you want to feel that you are one of the first names on the teamsheet, so that has been very frustrating. But I was so determined, and feel very determined to take the team further."