Australia v England, 3rd ODI, Sydney January 23, 2011

We'll keep playing attacking cricket - Strauss

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England captain Andrew Strauss has refused to panic despite his team falling 3-0 behind in the one-day series against Australia, leaving the visitors needing to win all four remaining matches to take the contest. The latest reversal was by four wickets at the SCG after another poor batting display which totalled 214.

Strauss insists that post-Ashes malaise isn't to blame for the decline in form, but it's hard not to think that the players have found it difficult to raise themselves to the same level that they found for the five Tests when the urn was at stake. Although England began the series with 294 at Melbourne, which still didn't prove enough, the last two matches have produced a return to the bad old days of their one-day cricket.

There is some mitigation in that the bowling attack is missing key personnel with Tim Bresnan the latest to join the list after he was ruled out of the series. But it's unfortunate timing because over the last 18 months the team have made considerable strides in the 50-over game and have won their last five series against South Africa, Bangladesh home and away, Australia and Pakistan.

Those past performances are what gives Strauss faith that the players can turn the series around when it resumes in Adelaide on Wednesday. "It's not the time to panic," he said. "There's obviously a couple of guys who are not in brilliant form at the moment but that can change around very quickly. Now's the time that you have got to have confidence in players rather than damage them.

"You have to give credit to the way Australia have bowled. We haven't been as smart as we should have been. I don't know the exact answer to it, all I can say is we need to look forward and improve. There's no point us crying into our cornflakes tomorrow morning."

While it's true Australia have bowled well, especially Brett Lee, there have been a range of loose strokes and some poor decisions by the England batsmen. In the latest match the captain was run out in a horrid mix-up, Eoin Morgan pulled a long hop to midwicket and Chris Tremlett produced a schoolboy howler by not grounding his bat.

For Strauss it's the running between the wickets that causes the most frustration and he will continue to back his batsmen to play in a positive manner because he believes risk brings reward.

"I hate run outs, I hate seeing run outs because it is needless," he said. "You have to understand that in one-day cricket you are going to get one or two soft dismissals an innings because you are pushing things pretty hard. What we need to avoid is the four, five or six that we've shown so far in this series.

"I still want us to play positive, aggressive, attacking cricket. That's the only way we are going to succeed in Australia or in the World Cup," he added. "I don't want too many of our batsmen scratching their heads wondering whether they should play a shot or not. I want them to play with freedom. If we keep doing that and keep believing then I think things will turn around."

However, there is a growing concern about the impact a heavy series defeat here would have on England's World Cup campaign even though conditions will be very different. Those players heading to the subcontinent only have three days at home, but Strauss won't hear any talk of weariness. "If fatigue is setting in, then that's not good enough," he said. "If we keep believing we'll turn things around."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 5wombats on January 24, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    @Campbell; Panic not. I actually met her at Old Trafford in 1981. We've never been apart!

  • Campbell on January 24, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    @5wombats - Married 6 years? Did you forget the 2 year 5-0 separation in 06/07?

  • 5wombats on January 24, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    @Meety; No mate - I bowled a Maiden Over!!!

  • Meety on January 24, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Okay to be attacking - but when has Strauss really been attacking all summer? I have felt all thru the summer that Oz under performed BUT that is either due to lack of preparation or England made us under perform. I think it was more the latter with a healthy dose of the former. That being said Strauss in the Tests & then in the 3 ODIs so far has been defensive in the field. Didn't matter too much in the Tests Plan A worked pretty well, but I think attack means more then just flinging the bat at the ball. @5wombats- re: Bangladesh, they are usually good for one upset per World Cup, also they have improved alot in the last 12 mths & to take them lightly will be painful for any side. I don't think they'll do it but a Tamim/Nafees combo opening the batting could well do a Kalu/Jayasurya this WC edition. BTW you're response to Warnerbasher was edged onto the stumps!

  • 5wombats on January 24, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    @warnerbasher; I was in Trafalgar Square to see the bus arrive my friend - and when it was all over in the middle of the crowd I knelt in front of my lady and proposed to her. That was a great day. "In Australia Ashes victory are met with a yawn" - this comment is unbelievable tosh and you know it. Winning the Ashes was something Australia used to take for granted - but it has become quite hard for Australia lately - perhaps you've now learned to appreciate it a bit more. BTW we've been married 6 years. Thanks for the reminder of that lovely sunny late summer September day in 2005! We even have photos if you are interested. @pie314; I confused - can you explain this remark please?

  • Jaggadaaku on January 24, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Don't just say that like The stupid Punter was saying every time. Mr. Strauss, you have to do it. You are a culprit selecting Collingwood regularly besides he is failing in every game like Indian captain keep selecting his old friend-Yuvraj in every game. Stop this partiality to such out of form players, the success will be in your feet. You cannot win if you use same test team for the ODI series. You need to give more chance to the batsmen playing faster. I mean Jonathan Trot, Bell, Prior, and Yardy are good/best for Test format only. Look their average strike rate in ODIs. They all keeping their average strike rate below 75. Collingwood also carries average strike rate 76 in ODIs, but sometimes he captures the wickets. And look at the AUS ODI team. All AUS batsmen carry the average strike rate 75+. Now, tell me how would you play attacking cricket keeping these bullock-cart players in ODI team???? Think about it...........

  • pie314 on January 24, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    "Aussies will rejoice in any victory against England", it appears Mr 5wombats is a pot who calls the kettle black.

  • on January 24, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    I found it hilarious that Shahzad threatned to knock Haddins block off with the cricket ball haha.. in the likelihood it'll be Haddin smacking it back towards the bowlers head :P.. great game by Australia and they have shown they are still the team to beat in ODI's

  • johntycodes on January 24, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    Hey cricket australia remember a few years back when you decided that there were too many dead rubbers in the tri series one dayers in australia. So you changed the whole format well last year there were 4 dead rubbers 2 each against west indies and pakistan and this year there will be 3 dead rubbers. Good move CA.

  • warnerbasher on January 24, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    5wombats "australians rejoice in any victory against England" I don't know where you were in 2005 but I recall a joyous bus ride through Trafalgar square on a bus with thousands of Pom fans screaming with delight and a number of cricketers who received knighthoods or MBE's or OBE's or whatever they were issued with. In Australia Ashes victory are met with a yawn. Didn't Cook(one of the few English in the team) get a key to the city when he returned this time. Despite the utterances of the journalist above Australia are not near full strength either.

  • 5wombats on January 24, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    @Campbell; Panic not. I actually met her at Old Trafford in 1981. We've never been apart!

  • Campbell on January 24, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    @5wombats - Married 6 years? Did you forget the 2 year 5-0 separation in 06/07?

  • 5wombats on January 24, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    @Meety; No mate - I bowled a Maiden Over!!!

  • Meety on January 24, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Okay to be attacking - but when has Strauss really been attacking all summer? I have felt all thru the summer that Oz under performed BUT that is either due to lack of preparation or England made us under perform. I think it was more the latter with a healthy dose of the former. That being said Strauss in the Tests & then in the 3 ODIs so far has been defensive in the field. Didn't matter too much in the Tests Plan A worked pretty well, but I think attack means more then just flinging the bat at the ball. @5wombats- re: Bangladesh, they are usually good for one upset per World Cup, also they have improved alot in the last 12 mths & to take them lightly will be painful for any side. I don't think they'll do it but a Tamim/Nafees combo opening the batting could well do a Kalu/Jayasurya this WC edition. BTW you're response to Warnerbasher was edged onto the stumps!

  • 5wombats on January 24, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    @warnerbasher; I was in Trafalgar Square to see the bus arrive my friend - and when it was all over in the middle of the crowd I knelt in front of my lady and proposed to her. That was a great day. "In Australia Ashes victory are met with a yawn" - this comment is unbelievable tosh and you know it. Winning the Ashes was something Australia used to take for granted - but it has become quite hard for Australia lately - perhaps you've now learned to appreciate it a bit more. BTW we've been married 6 years. Thanks for the reminder of that lovely sunny late summer September day in 2005! We even have photos if you are interested. @pie314; I confused - can you explain this remark please?

  • Jaggadaaku on January 24, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Don't just say that like The stupid Punter was saying every time. Mr. Strauss, you have to do it. You are a culprit selecting Collingwood regularly besides he is failing in every game like Indian captain keep selecting his old friend-Yuvraj in every game. Stop this partiality to such out of form players, the success will be in your feet. You cannot win if you use same test team for the ODI series. You need to give more chance to the batsmen playing faster. I mean Jonathan Trot, Bell, Prior, and Yardy are good/best for Test format only. Look their average strike rate in ODIs. They all keeping their average strike rate below 75. Collingwood also carries average strike rate 76 in ODIs, but sometimes he captures the wickets. And look at the AUS ODI team. All AUS batsmen carry the average strike rate 75+. Now, tell me how would you play attacking cricket keeping these bullock-cart players in ODI team???? Think about it...........

  • pie314 on January 24, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    "Aussies will rejoice in any victory against England", it appears Mr 5wombats is a pot who calls the kettle black.

  • on January 24, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    I found it hilarious that Shahzad threatned to knock Haddins block off with the cricket ball haha.. in the likelihood it'll be Haddin smacking it back towards the bowlers head :P.. great game by Australia and they have shown they are still the team to beat in ODI's

  • johntycodes on January 24, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    Hey cricket australia remember a few years back when you decided that there were too many dead rubbers in the tri series one dayers in australia. So you changed the whole format well last year there were 4 dead rubbers 2 each against west indies and pakistan and this year there will be 3 dead rubbers. Good move CA.

  • warnerbasher on January 24, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    5wombats "australians rejoice in any victory against England" I don't know where you were in 2005 but I recall a joyous bus ride through Trafalgar square on a bus with thousands of Pom fans screaming with delight and a number of cricketers who received knighthoods or MBE's or OBE's or whatever they were issued with. In Australia Ashes victory are met with a yawn. Didn't Cook(one of the few English in the team) get a key to the city when he returned this time. Despite the utterances of the journalist above Australia are not near full strength either.

  • HatsforBats on January 23, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    @ Trisckstar: How is this a pointless odi series? A month before the World Cup and your last chance to finalise your team/tactics, never mind the opportunity to test yourself against the no.1 odi side in the world...yeah, sounds pointless. @ HusseyFan: Bell can play ANY form of the game, he is that good. And just imagine where Eng would've been without Trott's innings. How does Strauss think his side is playing attacking positive cricket? They might be positive but all through the Ashes Strauss had opportunities to put his foot on the Aussies throat but instead went for defensive field settings. It didn't make any difference in the end but in this odi series with Aus in trouble he leaves his strike bowlers waiting in the wings and places conservative fields while Aus rebuild from weak positions into winning positions! He is playing with only half his first choice team admittedly but Clarke has showed much better tactical nous so far in this series (with half the first choice team).

  • on January 23, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    Not every body can copy Australia !!! England doesn't have the fire power to be aggressors !!! This is not something that comes naturally to them !!!

  • snowman0504 on January 23, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    Poor Strauss...hes a quality player and a great captain, but with losing Bresnan, having Davies dropped by Flower, Collingwood out of form, Peitersen and Swann injured, Trott playing like its test cricket....well I feel sorry for him...and that's coming from an Aussie!! I hope they make a comeback for the remaining 4 ODI's. They played too well in the Ashes to end the tour this way.

  • 5wombats on January 23, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    @Trickstar; Agreed & BTW it's 3 months in a few days. @jonesy2 won't reply to you - you're an England fan and with his one eye he only sees Australians. But he doesn't reply to them either! Aussies will rejoice in any victory against England - you know that. I agree with you - lets see what happens when we get the full squad back together. This tour is already way too long - and we got what we came for didn't we!

  • 5wombats on January 23, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    @Anandacool; "England will have to win against BANGLADESH first in the group match in world-cup to got the next round...I seriously doubt if they can win in the subcontinent conditions". Here's a little memory prompt for you - In Feb 2010 England in Bangladesh won the 2 match Test series 2-0. Neither win was by an Innings (unlike in Australia, quite recently...). England also won the 3 match ODI series 3-0. The evidence suggests that BANGLADESH find it difficult to win in subcontinental conditions. @Anandacool - you bowl them - and I'll hit them through cover for 4 Ok?

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    btw, my english squad was obviously for the WC games as Swanny and Broad are injured

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    On the positive side, good to see the likes of Shahzad & Woakes getting games / experiance. Younger bowlers who hopeully will get wickets over the next few years to take some of the pressure off of the batters, by getting lower scores to chase.

  • Anandacool on January 23, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    England will have to win against BANGLADESH first in the group match in world-cup to got the next round...I seriously doubt if they can win in the subcontinent conditions...

  • Trickstar on January 23, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    @jonesy2 Can't play one day cricket, funny that and it's easy to talk a team down missing half it's players especially at the back end of a 2 month tour and the Oz players have shown their talent already this summer or lack of . What happened in England this summer, the same could be said for the Australian side when they lost. I can't understand people trying to talk down England chances, when they haven't lost a one day series since the end of the last Ashes in 2009 and it's not that hard to understand why some players haven't got themselves up for this pointless 7 game series. England aren't going to know where they are until they can get their full WC squad together, which by the looks of the injury list might not be till the WC.

  • on January 23, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Who cares, one day cricket is baloney and I support Australia!

  • manasvi_lingam on January 23, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Australia still continue to prove that they are one of the top teams in this format along with South Africa and Sri Lanka. England are also a very good team but they lack a good lower middle order. Morgan is very good but still inexperienced and apart from him there's no one in the lower middle order. What England really needs is a pivot at No.7, someone who can play the role of a Abdur Razzaq or a Yusuf Pathan. But, I still expect them to be one of the 4 semifinalists along with the above three teams.

  • on January 23, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    so trott was playing attacking cricket? 84* off 1000 balls? seemed to me he was playing for his average. I wonder what he is like when he is being defensive. Clearly the england 11 should be : 1. strauss 2. prior ( i think he will find some odi form quite soon) 3. bell 4. Pietersen 5. Collingwood ( he is a handy bowler and anything with the bat should be a bonus[ he needs to know that so he can play more freely] , a great fielder too) 6. Eoin Morgan 7. Tim Bresnan 8. Graeme Swann 9 Jimmy Anderson 10. Broad 11. Ajmal England really have to get rid of Luke Wright and Michael Yardy if they want to win games. They are worse than Steve Smith. Yardy can't hit a 6 even if his life depends on it. And if Wright isn't bowling , he shouldn't be in the team. Yardy's darts are much easier to get away. And if Broad, as he often does bowls too short, replace him with someone who bowls a bit fuller [probably wright, any idea why the hell he isnt bowling btw? I saw him hit speeds of 135-140 in past]

  • pakwellwisher on January 23, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Translated as "We will keep losing"-Strauss

  • mighty_cricket_lover on January 23, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Guys, watch this is ENG team which was quoted by many as favorites to win the WC this year. They cant even defend 290+ , cant even chage 220 odd and lost 3 in a row to d injured Ozsss. Then imagine how they can do against India, and SL in subcontinent pitches. It will be utter loss. ECB has to realize that Strauss is no more a good limited over cricketers and shud sack him. Colly wud be ideal captain for ENG in ODIs and T20s. First ODI they lacked pace bowlers but in 2nd ODI they cud not chage 220 odd runs. For me this ENG team is jus an ordinary team and no surprise Ozss are one of favorites to win WC again.

  • Something_Witty on January 23, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Well, would England fans prefer if they were 2/150 after 50 instead of all out close to 300? Credit has to go to the Usstryan bowlers, our boys (first game excluded) have actually bowled very tidily and well. There have been a few soft dismissals, but you expect that in limited overs games.

  • GHemrajani on January 23, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Can Strauss, Bell, Trott, Prior and Luke Wright ever play the innings that Yusuf Pathan just played? Only perhpas Pietersen and Morgan can play like that whereas all 7 of Indian batsman can play like that? During his playing days, Andy Flower, a test specialist, was never able to generate the same kind of performances in one day cricket. England need to play the T20 players in one day cricket also.

  • jonesy2 on January 23, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    england cant play limited overs. end of story. australia are showing their talent and england are showing their lack there of. the cricket universe is getting back to normal business.

  • GHemrajani on January 23, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    England need to understand the difference between attacking cricket and intelligent cricket. Trying to hit a cover drive or hit on the up on the off side, every ball outside off stump, is not intelligent cricket. You need big hitters who wait for the loose ball and take maximum advantage of it. Bell, Trott, Strauss and Prior cannot play this type of cricket as they are test players. They dont find a place in the T20 for this reason. Flower has confused himself with the success of the players in the Ashes, but that was the test series. No more than one of these guys needs to be in the one day side. England's recent one day success was not in Asian subcontinent against top sides and was certainly not against India. England will lose in the WC to the top sides by atleast a margin of 50 runs or 5 wickets. Wake up ECB or Andy Flower!

  • nzcricket174 on January 23, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    6-1. That's all I can say.

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  • nzcricket174 on January 23, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    6-1. That's all I can say.

  • GHemrajani on January 23, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    England need to understand the difference between attacking cricket and intelligent cricket. Trying to hit a cover drive or hit on the up on the off side, every ball outside off stump, is not intelligent cricket. You need big hitters who wait for the loose ball and take maximum advantage of it. Bell, Trott, Strauss and Prior cannot play this type of cricket as they are test players. They dont find a place in the T20 for this reason. Flower has confused himself with the success of the players in the Ashes, but that was the test series. No more than one of these guys needs to be in the one day side. England's recent one day success was not in Asian subcontinent against top sides and was certainly not against India. England will lose in the WC to the top sides by atleast a margin of 50 runs or 5 wickets. Wake up ECB or Andy Flower!

  • jonesy2 on January 23, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    england cant play limited overs. end of story. australia are showing their talent and england are showing their lack there of. the cricket universe is getting back to normal business.

  • GHemrajani on January 23, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Can Strauss, Bell, Trott, Prior and Luke Wright ever play the innings that Yusuf Pathan just played? Only perhpas Pietersen and Morgan can play like that whereas all 7 of Indian batsman can play like that? During his playing days, Andy Flower, a test specialist, was never able to generate the same kind of performances in one day cricket. England need to play the T20 players in one day cricket also.

  • Something_Witty on January 23, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Well, would England fans prefer if they were 2/150 after 50 instead of all out close to 300? Credit has to go to the Usstryan bowlers, our boys (first game excluded) have actually bowled very tidily and well. There have been a few soft dismissals, but you expect that in limited overs games.

  • mighty_cricket_lover on January 23, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Guys, watch this is ENG team which was quoted by many as favorites to win the WC this year. They cant even defend 290+ , cant even chage 220 odd and lost 3 in a row to d injured Ozsss. Then imagine how they can do against India, and SL in subcontinent pitches. It will be utter loss. ECB has to realize that Strauss is no more a good limited over cricketers and shud sack him. Colly wud be ideal captain for ENG in ODIs and T20s. First ODI they lacked pace bowlers but in 2nd ODI they cud not chage 220 odd runs. For me this ENG team is jus an ordinary team and no surprise Ozss are one of favorites to win WC again.

  • pakwellwisher on January 23, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Translated as "We will keep losing"-Strauss

  • on January 23, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    so trott was playing attacking cricket? 84* off 1000 balls? seemed to me he was playing for his average. I wonder what he is like when he is being defensive. Clearly the england 11 should be : 1. strauss 2. prior ( i think he will find some odi form quite soon) 3. bell 4. Pietersen 5. Collingwood ( he is a handy bowler and anything with the bat should be a bonus[ he needs to know that so he can play more freely] , a great fielder too) 6. Eoin Morgan 7. Tim Bresnan 8. Graeme Swann 9 Jimmy Anderson 10. Broad 11. Ajmal England really have to get rid of Luke Wright and Michael Yardy if they want to win games. They are worse than Steve Smith. Yardy can't hit a 6 even if his life depends on it. And if Wright isn't bowling , he shouldn't be in the team. Yardy's darts are much easier to get away. And if Broad, as he often does bowls too short, replace him with someone who bowls a bit fuller [probably wright, any idea why the hell he isnt bowling btw? I saw him hit speeds of 135-140 in past]

  • manasvi_lingam on January 23, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Australia still continue to prove that they are one of the top teams in this format along with South Africa and Sri Lanka. England are also a very good team but they lack a good lower middle order. Morgan is very good but still inexperienced and apart from him there's no one in the lower middle order. What England really needs is a pivot at No.7, someone who can play the role of a Abdur Razzaq or a Yusuf Pathan. But, I still expect them to be one of the 4 semifinalists along with the above three teams.

  • on January 23, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Who cares, one day cricket is baloney and I support Australia!