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Gooch backing for under-fire Strauss
England batting coach Graham Gooch has lent his whole-hearted support to captain Andrew Strauss.
Strauss' position is beginning to attract questions for the first time following four Test defeats in a row and a long-running personal failure to convert solid starts into major scores.
"When you get defeats, you are going to get tough questions, but as far as I'm concerned Andrew Strauss is the best guy to captain England," said Gooch, following England's 75-run loss in Galle.
Strauss has not scored a Test century since the first Ashes Test in November 2010, during which period he has frequently been dismissed after apparently being well set.
England's second Test against Sri Lanka begins in Colombo on Tuesday, with runs for the skipper and an England win required to alleviate some of the pressure ahead of the domestic summer.
And Strauss goes into that match with the unequivocal backing of a man who knows all about the demands of leading his country.
Gooch added: "He is one of the two best opening batsmen in the country, along with Alastair Cook. I have every confidence in him. I see the passion in him, I see the commitment every day on the training pitch trying to improve his game.
"Yes, he's been short of runs and he's had a little bit of a lean time in Tests but he scored a hundred in the last match so he has had runs under his belt and he's been practising well.
"There have been plenty of captains down the years who have struggled. What we have to do is to remain faithful to all our players and believe in their ability."
England were waiting on the results of scans to determine the fitness of seam bowler Stuart Broad. Broad is carrying injuries to his left ankle and right calf and looked in visible discomfort while batting on day four of the first Test.