Strauss critics baffle Vaughan
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has described conjecture over Andrew Strauss' future in the role as "ridiculous".
Vaughan had his say on a vexed topic which has already seen countless pundits and players voice their opinion on whether Strauss' poor batting form should put his Test captaincy in jeopardy.
Strauss, who has made just one hundred in his last 50 Test innings, was twice out cheaply for Middlesex at Lord's to the bowling of Graham Onions last week.
With the first Test against West Indies set to begin on May 17, also at Lord's, Strauss could well do with significant runs for his county in two championship fixtures at the start of next month.
Vaughan told ESPNcricinfo: "As a captain, it's ridiculous to talk about Strauss' position."
But the former Ashes winner conceded too that runs are a must soon.
"What Strauss needs now is a score. He needs a big score.
"One hundred in 50 innings, he knows that; if he wasn't captain, he would be under serious threat.
"But there's more to his position in the side when you're the captain.
"If you're just judging someone purely on stats, you forget what they bring to the side. As a captain you bring a lot more to the side than the runs you score on the pitch.
"But there's no question that, in the series against the West Indies, he needs a big score or that problem will get bigger."
Vaughan captained his country in 51 Tests. He led England to the Ashes once, to Strauss' twice so far, and made 18 Test hundreds - one fewer than the current incumbent has at present.
He added: "You only get better as a captain - tactically and management wise.
"I'd be a better captain now than I was when I retired. You're more mature.
"You've seen more situations - and that's what captaincy is ... it's a man-management role.
"Strauss will know his returns are not great - and he will know when it's time to move on.
"But at the moment, the time is not right.
"He'll hope it's in Sydney in 2014 - that will be his dream - but one day he will wake up and say 'I've had enough."'