Strauss will unite English team for Ashes series: Katich

January 11th, 2009 - 1:25 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Jan 11 (ANI): Australian Test opening batsman Simon Katich expects that the turmoil surrounding the England team to settle down under newly-appointed skipper Andrew Strauss and doubts it will impact on this years Ashes series.

English cricket has undergone a turbulent week with previous skipper Kevin Pietersen resigning and coach Peter Moores sacked following a rift between the two men, FOX Sports reported.

Only six months remain before the start of the five-Test Ashes series, but Katich believes Strauss, who captained the team briefly in 2006 against Pakistan, will be able to unify the England dressing room.

I think hes shown in the past that when hes been given the reins hes done a good job and his form recently has been good, which is probably another big factor, Katich said.

As a player, if you are confident in your own game it helps with your captaincy as well, he added.

Katich, who will captain NSW for the first time this season in a Twenty20 match against Tasmania in Sydney on Monday, was speaking from experience.

He enjoyed a record-breaking domestic run-scoring campaign as NSW skipper last season and has firmly established himself at the top of the Australian order in Tests.

Katich was left out of the Australian one-day and Twenty20 squads and said he harboured no hopes of a recall to either.

Instead, he wants to build on his fabulous Test renaissance during which he has scored four centuries and five half-centuries in his last 11 matches. (ANI)

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