West Indies v England, 3rd ODI, Barbados March 28, 2009

Loss was humiliating and embarrassing - Strauss

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Andrew Strauss , the England captain, has said his team's defeat in the third ODI against West Indies in Barbados was "pretty humiliating and fundamentally pretty embarrassing". West Indies dismissed England for 117 and then routed them by eight wickets after chasing down the target with 176 balls to spare.

"There are 11 guys in that dressing room right now feeling pretty down on themselves," Strauss said. "It wasn't a contest, we didn't play well. There wasn't enough thought in the way we batted, but we have to take it on the chin.

"We didn't react well to the wicket. We all made the same mistakes. The crucial thing is you learn from your mistakes but, if we're honest with ourselves, we have done that kind of thing batting wise too often."

West Indies lead the five-ODI series 2-1 and Strauss believed his team had the character to bounce back from Friday's thrashing.

"Part of giving the players responsibility is that there are no excuses when we do badly," Strauss said. "We can't blame the coaches, we can't blame anyone other than ourselves and we each have an individual responsibility to make sure we don't make those mistakes again.

"This is where that system should work. If people have pride in their performances, which I am absolutely certain they do, I'm very certain that they'll come back and play a lot better on Sunday."

Instead of taking the day between matches off, England will return to the Kensington Oval on Saturday to practice for Sunday's game.