Strauss feels pressure mounting

Thu, 29 Mar 14:26:00 2012

England captain Andrew Strauss accepts that the combination of bad results and modest form is putting pressure on his position.

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England lost the first Test in Sri Lanka by 75 runs, compounding the series whitewash against Pakistan and making it four defeats from four this year.

"I can understand questions over my future but it's not something I'm focusing on," he said after his side were dismissed for 264 on day four in Galle. "It's not the sort of question I'm going to answer in the middle of a series. My focus is very much on winning the next game. It would be wrong of me to think anything else at this stage."

Strauss is also struggling to make a major impact at the top of the order, with just one century in his last 48 innings and an average of 28.52 since he reached three figures against Australia in Brisbane 16 months ago.

Strauss's leadership has been instrumental in England's rise to number one in the Test rankings and his strong bond with team director Andy Flower means he will almost certainly be given the chance to put things right in the English summer.

Strauss added: "I feel in good form but you're judged on your performances and I haven't performed well enough.

"My job in the side is to score runs, the same as any other batsman, and I haven't scored as many as I would have liked in the last 12 months or so. That's very frustrating but hopefully I'll put it right next week.

"If you keep getting to 30 I don't think that is a terminal decline unless you're very unfit, which I don't think is the case with me."

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