Strauss backs players despite series whitewash
England captain Andrew Strauss said that there will not be wholesale changes to the England side, after a 71-run defeat yesterday ended in a 3-0 series whitewash against Pakistan.
"We have some really good talent in English cricket," Strauss said. "That's a good thing but I still believe that by and large the best players in England are out here in Dubai and the challenge is for them to improve."
England go to Sri Lanka next month for a two-Test series, knowing that they might have lost their No 1 Test status to South Africa by the time the series starts.
"No one has got a right to play for England for ever," said Strauss. "That's patently wrong but I think it's important that we take a bit of time to let the dust settle, start thinking about what went wrong individually and what components the team needs to function properly and win out here."
Strauss had just seen England bowled out for 252, chasing 324 to win the Test and only lose the series 2-1. Alastair Cook and Matt Prior both scored 49 but Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal took four wickets each as England were bowled out cheaply yet again. MORE
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