No England black-list for Morgan and Hales - Strauss


Andrew Strauss has confirmed Eoin Morgan will retain the one-day captaincy despite opting to miss October's tour of Bangladesh for security reasons.

Morgan and opening batsman Alex Hales were the only two players to decide not to travel, but Strauss insisted the door is open for the pair to return.

The former captain backed up comments from national selector James Whitaker, who suggested Morgan will be reinstated as skipper for the tour of India, with Jos Buttler taking temporary charge against Bangladesh.

"Right from the start we said there are not going to be any recriminations," Strauss told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme on Sunday.

"It's not like these guys are going to be black-listed and their names will not be put forward for selection. They absolutely will be.

"Both have done outstanding jobs for England over the last 12 months, especially Eoin Morgan whose captaining has been sensational.

"Of course, we can't give any guarantees because the situation might change on the ground in Bangladesh.

"Someone might come in and do unbelievably well, but the intention is for Eoin to come back in as captain and Alex will be in the mix for selection as well."

Strauss indicated he would have preferred for Hales and Morgan to tour Bangladesh, but praised the pair for the process of their decision-making.

"They were both very mature in the way they went about this," Strauss said.

"They took everything in and didn't rush into a decision, but ultimately it came down to them not feeling comfortable about going to Bangladesh.

"I would have loved us to be in a situation where the whole team made a combined decision to say 'let's go together'.

"We didn't get to that situation and that's a shame. But at the same time every human being is different and sees the world differently.

"They made their decision for what they see as the right reasons and we'll go on without them."