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Strauss calls for batting improvement

England captain Andrew Strauss

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England captain Andrew Strauss

England captain Andrew Strauss has called for his top six to get their act together at Lord’s as his side seeks to clinch the npower Test series against Pakistan.

The hosts lost the third Test at the Oval by four wickets with only Matt Prior in the first innings and Alastair Cook, with a century in the second innings, making significant contributions with the bat.

And Strauss knows that’s the department that needs to show a massive improvement when the final Test starts at Lord’s on Thursday.

He said: “”We can’t run away, we lost the game at the Oval with the bat and we need to improve in that respect.

“We always knew Pakistan were a dangerous side but we’ve got to give a lot of credit to the way they played. We need to learn lessons and come back stronger at Lord’s.”

England have opted not to make changes for the last Test, with Tim Bresnan added to the XI who were on duty at the Oval.

National selector Geoff Miller said: “There were some real positives from the last Test, such as Alastair Cook’s outstanding century and the way the team fought hard on the final day defending a small total.

“But ultimately the team is looking for an improved performance to finish the series well.

“We have been saying throughout this entire series that consistency is key and that certainly remains the case.”

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