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Flower lays down Lord's gauntlet

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Andy Flower has challenged England’s batsmen to right the wrongs from the Brit Insurance Oval at Lord's.

With all-rounder Tim Bresnan the only addition to the XI that lost a compelling third npower Test by four wickets on Saturday, England's top order is set to be unchanged for the decider against Pakistan.

Bowlers have dominated for most of the international summer, with batsmen frequently failing to post big totals in conditions that have aided swing and seam.

England were punished for two collapses at the Oval and, with the series still alive at 2-1 to the hosts, Flower wants to see better at the 'home of cricket'.

Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan & Andy Flower

England team director Andy Flower, right, said: "As a batting team we need to produce better results, simple as that"

"On the batting side, I thought we underperformed without a doubt," said England's team director.

"On a good Oval pitch, scores of 230 and 220 weren't good enough to win a Test match.

"I think the first two pitches we played on at Trent Bridge and Edgbaston were very tricky surfaces. So they would have undoubtedly have contributed to collapses.

"At the Oval, although we won the toss and batted, they were still quite trying conditions. But in the second innings there were no excuses whatsoever.

"We set up a brilliant platform through Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott and we performed poorly after that. Any batting collapse is concerning and there have been too many of them.

"As a batting team we need to produce better results, simple as that.

"Lord's should provide us with a very good opportunity to put things right and it is the responsibility of all of us to make sure that happens."

Jonathan Trott

Flower says attitudes to batting have changed, adding: "We saw evidence of that when Trott played an obdurate innings"

While movement through the air - as well as off helpful pitches - has been the obvious reason for the low totals on show this summer, Flower believes it is also a result of changing attitudes.

With a prevalence of 50-over and Twenty20 cricket played around the world, Flower thinks Test match batting has become a more swashbuckling endeavour.

Trott's three-and-a-half-hour 36 on Friday was out of step with the rest of the game - and the reaction to his knock interested Flower.

"There is a different style of batting in international cricket these days," he said.

"It is without doubt more attacking and with that has come - though I don't know the stats - a heavier percentage of results and shorter games.

"We saw evidence of that when Trott played an obdurate innings in our second innings and it was looked at as very rare and questioned by certain people about whether it was the right type of innings.

"That was good, old-fashioned Test match batting. I thought it was quite a good example of how attitudes to strike rates in Test cricket have changed."

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