Andrew Strauss looking for support
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:AJ Strauss, EJG Morgan
Event:Australia in British Isles 2009

DateLine: 10th September 2009


England skipper Andrew Strauss admitted it felt like Groundhog Day as Australia took a 3-0 lead in the ODI series at the Rose Bowl.


It was again the same story where-in the batsmen failed to make any impression, as the hosts could only compile 228 for nine in the day-nighter.


Only Strauss (63) and Middlesex colleague Eoin Morgan, played with any fluency on a slow surface.


"It's feeling a bit like Groundhog Day with the batting, to be honest," said Strauss.


"It's mainly a confidence thing. The guys in the top six have earned the right to play for England and they are not bad players.


"I am as culpable as anyone in these first three games. I'm batting really well and when you're batting really well you need to make hay."


Having won the Ashes, England are now in danger of suffering a landslide one-day series defeat.


But Strauss put away suggestions that his side have failed to lift themselves after claiming the summer's main prize.


"I would argue that's not the case," Strauss said. "We have five or six guys that played in the Ashes but that means we have five or six that didn't play in it.


"Every time you pull on an England shirt there's a chance to achieve something.


"We are not good enough as a one-day side to go easy.


"We have had three poor batting performances and it is disappointing to have three in a row.


"The one-day game is not one which you can grind it out to put things right because you have to go out with confidence to put a competitive score on the board."


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