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Exclusive – Strauss: ‘We have to keep the pressure on’

Andrew Strauss has called on England to maintain their stranglehold over Pakistan when the npower Third Test starts at the Oval on Wednesday.

England hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four match series after comfortable wins in the first two games, but Strauss is determined there will be no let-up in intensity from his team.

He told talkSPORT: “More than anything it’s about maintaining our consistency. We don’t want to slip back into bad habits.

“There was a little period at Edgbaston where things didn’t go our way. We just need to make sure we react to that and keep our heads when the pressure’s on.

“We discussed whether we could do things differently when that happens, and whether there are lessons to learn.

“In any series there are pressure periods of play where you need to react better than the opposition, but thankfully we came back and won the much comfortably.”

Strauss also revealed that Stuart Broad has been spoken to after the England fast bowler was fined 50 per cent of his match fee in Birmingham for throwing the ball at Zulqarnain Haider.

“Broad overstepped the mark and he was dealt with,” added Strauss. “As far as we’re concerned the matter’s closed.
 

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