Strauss believes England can win the series if they continue playing like they did in Mumbai
Former England Test captain Andrew Strauss believes that all the players in the national team must develop a “ruthless” attitude towards India over the last two Test matches if they are to have any chance of breaking the country’s losing streak in the subcontinent.
David Gower was the last England captain to lead his country to victory over the Indians in front of their home fans in 1985.
Strauss may not have been able to accomplish what Gower did during his international career, but the South African-born opening batsman still had an outstanding average of 54 while playing in India.
The former Test captain also believes that England can kickstart their road to recovery after losing the world number one Test team title to South Africa over the summer by defeating India in their own backyard.
The Daily Mail quoted Strauss as saying: “It’s one of the biggest challenges. India’s record at home is outstanding and England haven’t done well there for some time. But I don’t think it’s a challenge that should fill people with trepidation, some of the batting conditions are better than anywhere in the world and the first innings is a great chance to get a big score. But, if you get ahead of India, you have to be ruthless.”
Coming into the series, England had been heavily criticised for their struggles against spin bowling, but during the second Test at Mumbai, they proved all their critics wrong and Strauss believes that if the national team continue to play with that level of intensity and passion, then there is no reason as to why they cannot upset India at home for the first time in 27 years.
“It’s a confidence game and as soon as people start talking about fallibility against spin, it almost becomes self-perpetuating,” Strauss added. “All the players need to do is be very clear on their game plan: don’t hesitate but commit. If they do that, they’re as capable of playing spin as anyone, there is no reason to worry too much about their productivity but what you can’t afford is what we had in the UAE against Pakistan, when all the batsmen had a little fallow period at the same time. If you do that, you ain’t going to win matches.”