Strauss steels England

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Andrew Strauss, who is set to lead a very settled side against a changed Australia, says a "lack of stability is not a good thing"

Andrew Strauss remains wary of England's Ashes opponents in the second Test, even though Australia appear to have blinked first by dropping Mitchell Johnson.

Strauss warned England must not start to under-estimate the opposition just because they have made a key personnel change after one match.

Johnson’s figures of 0-170 in the high-scoring stalemate at the Gabba convinced Australia’s selectors he needs a break, and his place seems set to be taken by fellow left-arm pace bowler Doug Bollinger.

Strauss said: “My experience, in playing international cricket, is that lack of stability is not a good thing - when you’re not sure what your best XI is.

“That means people are generally a bit concerned about their place in the side. In that sense, that’s a good thing for us.”

Even so, he has no doubt whoever faces England at the Adelaide Oval will be a worthy opponent.

“I think we’ve got to be just slightly wary of the guys they’ve got in their squad," he added.

“They’re good performers, who’ve had a lot of success in Test cricket. We’ve got to be good enough to contend with them.”

With just four days between Tests, Strauss' concern is how to follow up an honourable draw with a victory.

“We haven’t achieved anything in this series yet,” he said. “If we do want to achieve something we’ve got to steel ourselves for another very tough five days of cricket.”

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Strauss, second left, who played in the agonising Adelaide loss four years ago, said: "It is a very different set of players"

Strauss does not expect his team to bear any scars from the demoralising defeat England suffered in their last Test on this ground, on the way to their 5-0 reverse in the 2006-07 Ashes.

Six players survive in the current line-up, including five specialist batsmen.

He acknowledges it was tough to take at the time, but doubts there is any lasting relevance.

“What it proved to us is that anything is possible in the game of cricket,” he added, recalling the tourists' six-wicket defeat having been dismissed for 129 on the last day.

“Australia sniffed a chance of victory and took it. We kind of conspired in our own downfall. You need to learn from those sorts of experiences, and I think we have.

“To expect the match to go in a similar way this time would be wrong. It is a very different set of players - and once you’ve been through that, you’ll be making sure you don’t get into that situation again.

“It was a long time ago. It was obviously a bit of a kick in the teeth at the time, but a lot of things have moved on since then.”

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