Michael Vaughan: Andrew Strauss needs a big score

Vaughan defends Strauss position
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Former England captain Michael Vaughan admits that Andrew Strauss can only answer his critics by hitting a big century this summer.

Michael Vaughan has claimed that it is "ridiculous" to question Andrew Strauss's position as England captain.

However, the former England batsman does admit that Strauss requires a big score soon if he is to silence his critics.

Vaughan told ESPN: "As a captain, it's ridiculous to talk about Strauss's position.

"You only get better as a captain, tactically and management-wise. I'd be a better captain now than I was when I retired.

"But there's no question that, in the series against the West Indies, he needs a big score or that problem will get bigger. You can't keep going on as an opening batsman - even if the side are winning."

Strauss has only managed one century in his previous 50 innings for England.

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