Strauss - We need to build

Butt backs Pakistan to bounce back from heavy loss in series opener

Last Updated: 01/08/10 4:03pm

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England captain Andrew Strauss was a satisfied man after his side's 354-run victory over Pakistan in the first Test at Trent Bridge - but warned his players they must continue to improve over the rest of the summer.

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"It was a good team performance and we need to build on it in the next game"
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James Anderson finished with match figures of 11-71 as the tourists were skittled out for just 80 in their second innings on the fourth day.

Pakistan had been set an unlikely target of 435 for victory in the series opener but never recovered after slipping to 15-3 on the third evening.

Strauss has now demanded his team continue to build after such a good start to the series. The second Test gets underway on Friday at Edgbaston.


"I'm very satisfied with what we've done," he told Sky Sports. "It was not all our way, we had some tough times but we reacted well.

"Our bowling was first class but I'm very conscious it's only the first game. We're looking for consistency and one game doesn't make you consistent.

"It was a good team performance and we need to build on it in the next game."

Strauss was quick to praise the efforts of his two centurions with the bat, Eoin Morgan and Matt Prior.

Left-hander Morgan hit his maiden Test ton in England's first innings of 354, while wicketkeeper-batsman Prior made an unbeaten 102 to get his side out of a spot of trouble second time around.

"Prior's 100 was an outstanding innings and any chance of Pakistan victory was taken away," admitted Strauss. "There's a lot to be happy with."

On Middlesex team-mate Morgan, he added: "His greatest strengths are his temperament and the way he can read the game.

"The key is always to get over the first hurdle and prove to yourself you can do it. I'm really excited about what he can bring."


Pakistan counterpart Salman Butt insisted his team could bounce back from the crushing defeat - just as they did in the recent series against Australia.

On that occasion they lost the opening Test at Lord's but responded at Headingley with their first Test win over Australia in 15 years.

"I think the first game against Australia was a bit like this and we must remember the second game we won," Butt said.

"So that will make us stronger in the next game. All players know every day is a different day.

"They're a young side with limited experience but they have the talent and have shown they can do it. We have everything to work on but I truly believe in my team.

"These things happen. I think we definitely have to regroup, come up with a new strategy and make us stronger."

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