Strauss wants to see England retain their world number one ranking
England Test captain Andrew Strauss has demanded that his team-mates show a higher level of intensity when they play against South Africa in a series that could see England lose their world number one ranking as the best Test team.
Strauss’ demands come after the England side failed to show any real intensity during their third Test against the West Indies, which ended as a draw due to constant heavy downpours.
England won the Test series 2-0, but with Tino Best breaking the record for the most runs scored by a number 11 batsman with 95, Strauss is looking for his team to sharpen up and show more intensity if they want to continue staying at the top of the rankings.
“We certainly didn’t get everything right while we were out there in the field. There are areas we need to sharpen up on – obviously we dropped a few catches, you don’t want to be in a situation when number 11 gets 95 all that often and we found ourselves under a bit of pressure with the bat,” Strauss said.
Strauss, was heavily criticised for leaving out some of his key bowlers during the third Test, but the captain states that it was not the reason why England looked rather lacklustre in the field.
“I don’t think it had anything to do with players being rested. I think for us a lot of it was about getting Finn and Onions back in the side, I think they’ve both deserved to be back in the side, as a Test side, I think we’ve learnt a little bit more about the balance of our bowling attack and what each of our bowlers brings to the party in differing conditions,” Strauss added.
With England beating the West Indies once again, it has now been 12 years since the West Indies last won a Test against England at Edgbaston.