Thursday, September 10, 2009

Strauss: Batting issue must be addressed

England skipper Andrew Strauss was left to reflect on some familiar problems after seeing his side slip to a third successive defeat in the NatWest Series with Australia.

A Cameron White hundred propelled Australia to a six-wicket win, secured with nine balls to spare, in the day-night encounter at the Rose Bowl.

Again the England top order faltered, with Strauss' 63 off 72 balls the best the hosts could muster as the likes of Ravi Bopara (10), Matt Prior (nought), Owais Shah (eight) and Paul Collingwood (28) failed to shine.

A total of 228 from 50 overs was always a modest total against an in-form Australia, and Strauss conceded another poor start had left England with a mountain to climb.

"It was bit of a case of Groundhog Day if I'm honest," Strauss told Sky Sports.

"The top six batters didn't perform as we'd like to again, so that's a bit of an issue we need to address.

"I thought we bowled pretty well, but we didn't take all our chances.

"But defending 230 is always difficult on a flat wicket."

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