‘The first hour or so is going to be really important’, says Andrew Strauss

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“It’s going to be a big first hour”

Former England captain Andrew Strauss has announced that on “the first day” of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, “the first hour or so is going to be really important”.

Strauss also believes that the team which is in control at the end of the first day is highly likely to emerge victorious.

“I just can’t wait for it to get started,” Strauss told Sky Sports News. “There is a huge amount of anticipation, a lot of expectation, the players will be feeling pretty nervous I would have thought tomorrow morning.

“A lot of it’s going to be about how they control those emotions. The first day, the first hour or so is going to be really important.

“So they know that this evening, they’ll be thinking hard about how they’re going to deal with it.

“But actually then they have to go out and do it tomorrow morning. So, it’s going to be a big first hour. Everyone’s going to be very excited to see what happens.”

Strauss added that the team batting first has to amass a mammoth total in order to put the opposition under immense pressure.

“On this wicket as well, first morning it’s going to do a bit but after that it’s going to be a belter to bat on so if you get 400 you’re in control of the game,” he said. “If you get bowled out for 250 odd which I think we did last time, then the opposition’s got a real opportunity to get ahead of you and put you under pressure.

“England haven’t been very good at starting Test series away from home. This is a big opportunity to put that jinx to bed and grab this series by the scruff of the neck.”

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