England batting coach Graham Gooch has said that he is still very much behind captain Andrew Strauss despite his captaincy coming into question after losing the first Test against Sri Lanka.
It is the first time that Strauss has come under any real pressure but after losing four consecutive Test matches there have been questions raised over his captaincy and his failings with the bat.
The Middlesex batsman has not scored a Test century since the first Ashes Test back in November 2010 and has often lost his wicket despite looking well set.
The second Test begins on Tuesday in Colombo and Strauss will be looking for runs and a victory for England. However, Gooch fells that he is still the man to lead England forward after taking them to number one in the world.
"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.
"He is also 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."