Strauss remains focused despite Yardy exit

Strauss remains focused despite Yardy exit

England captain Andrew Strauss has reported that his teams' focus remains intact in the wake of Michael Yardy's departure. Questions had begun to arise over the frame of mind of the England squad, after Yardy became the fourth England player to leave the competition, but the opening batsman insists his team are focused on the job at hand.

Strauss and team-mate Ravi Bopara joined the ECB in offering their support to their slow left-arm spinner after the emergence of Yardy's battle with depression in recent weeks. Strauss had been unaware of the 30 year-old's problems until Wednesday afternoon, when they had become too much to bear, and has since spoken of his concern for his team-mate

"It's desperately disappointing for him and for us as a squad not to have him here any more," he said.

"It's a horrible thing for him to have to go through. I found out about it late the night before he went home."

"It's something he's been managing for a while, and there have been networks in place to help him do that. But over the last week or so, it's got too much for him."

"We are fully behind him. Obviously, we've had previous experience of this - so we all know a lot more about it now and also that there are ways of managing it."

Strauss then moved on to talk about the mind set of the English national team days before their Quarter-Final clash with Sri Lanka in this year's ICC Cricket World Cup

"It's not difficult for us to focus our minds on this game of cricket. IT is a massive game."

"If we lose we're on the plan home; if we win we're in the semi-finals."

He will be hoping that seamer Tim Bresnan will pass today's fitness test on a right calf injury in order to replace Yardy in tomorrow's Quarter-Final match.
 

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