Strauss wants to end on a high
Test captain Andrew Strauss accepts England have “one final chance” to salvage something from their winter programme.
After the highs of last summer, when a 4-0 whitewash of India saw England reach the summit of the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings, 2012 has started in different fashion.
A 3-0 defeat against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates was followed by last week’s 75-run loss to Sri Lanka in Galle, and this week’s second Test in Colombo presents their last opportunity to return to winning ways before the domestic summer.
However, 35-year-old Strauss is confident England can return home on a positive note ahead of series against West Indies and South Africa.
“It hasn’t gone according to plan, certainly,” he said.
“We haven’t been as consistent as we’d like to be but we’ve got one final chance to salvage something from the winter to allow us to go into the summer with some momentum.
“The pressure is no more than normal. I want to score some runs, there is no doubt about that, but I’m very confident and I think we have the materials to do well in this Test.
“We’re very motivated to show that we can play a lot better than we have so far on this tour, and that’s what we’ll be doing over the next five days.”
England are lacking the services of paceman Stuart Broad, who has returned home with a calf injury. Tim Bresnan and Steven Finn are hoping to earn recalls in his absence.