Strauss Angry At His Side With Third Lowest Score-drop dead diva

UnCategorized New England captain cricket Andrew Strauss admitted he was angry at the way his side subsided to their third lowest score in Test Match history and an embarrassing innings defeat against the West Indies in Jamaica. England, trailed by just 74 on first innings, but were shot out for just 51 at Sabina Park as the West Indies claimed an important victory in the first of four Tests. Only Andrew Flintoff, a former user of Woodworm cricket bats, reached double figures in England’s second lowest total in the Caribbean as paceman Jerome Taylor demolished them by taking five for eleven in nine devastating overs. Strauss, in his first match as England’s permanent captain, admitted the away dressing room was "a pretty disconsolate place" after the rout inside four days. "I am pretty angry with the way we’ve let ourselves down," Strauss said. "The way we’ve batted there is not good enough from an England team, we all accept that. "The dressing room is a pretty disconsolate place at the moment. "I don’t think anyone likes to see an England team go down in that fashion, the players are all hurting pretty badly. "Moving forward if we can use that as motivation or inspiration to play better then we will .e out of it a better side. "I do recognise that out of these pretty tough times, good things can happen. "We have a choice of sticking together as a group of players and be.e closer as a result of this and move forward. Or we don’t." Tall left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn .pleted the demolition that Taylor started by taking four wickets to finish with eight in the match. "Possibly we didn’t play Jerome Taylor in the right sort of way," Strauss said. "It was pretty clear what he was trying to do: bowl very straight at us. "Mentally we weren’t as sharp as we should have been. "On that wearing pitch, anything in the region of 150 to 160-run lead was going to be interesting. "We knew we would have to absorb some early pressure with the new ball and, when you’re two down early, the pressure builds. We just didn’t handle it well enough. Simple as that. "Good sides get through that and we weren’t good enough to be able to do that. "Taylor bowled a fantastic spell but the wicket wasn’t misbehaving terribly, so as a batting unit we have to hold our hands up and say it wasn’t good enough. "The bowlers had done an exceptional job to keep us in touch in the game and we then got into a pressure period in the match, which we didn’t handle very well. "As a group – you couldn’t single out one player – we were very poor." England’s defeat has put the place of batsman Ian Bell under threat for the second Test in Antigua which begins next Friday. Though Bell proved his undoubted class by making a Test-best 199 against South Africa at Lord’s last July he has since reached 50 only once at the top level. In the first innings of this Test he got himself out after he had played himself in and a tame dismissal, caught behind shaping to cut Benn, on the stroke of lunch contributed to the second innings debacle. Middlesex’s Owais Shah, the other specialist batsman in the tour party is the likely replacement if England decide to leave out Bell, who has played 46 Tests, in Antigua. About the Author: – – – – – – – – – – 相关的主题文章: