Strauss expects SA backlash

2009-12-03 15:32

Durban - England are prepared for a South Africa backlash in the fifth and final one-dayer on Friday, said captain Andrew Strauss.

The visitors hold a 2-1 lead, after the first game was washed out by rain, but Strauss was wary of talking about a potential series win.

"It would be a bit naive to talk about series victories before we have actually achieved it," the opening batsman told a news conference on Thursday.

"We have to play well tomorrow(Friday) and have to expect another South African backlash."

England won the second and fourth matches by convincing seven-wicket margins, with the hosts claiming a comprehensive 112-run victory in the third game.

Despite the visitors being on the brink of their first one-day series victory in South Africa, Strauss believes his team are capable of better performances.

"I think we have progressed quite a long way but I am the last person to say we are the finished article yet. We still have a long way to go," he said.

Strauss said England had applied pressure on South Africa in this series.

"It doesn't matter how good a side is, if you keep putting them under pressure you are going to have success against them," said the left-handed opener.

"We have been able to do that a couple of times this series and let's hope we can do it once more."

South Africa skipper Graeme Smith feels his team have been below par so far.

"If we had played to our potential England would have had to take a few more risks up front while they were batting instead of us allowing them to play a certain way," said Smith.

"We haven't pushed them to perform under pressure and that is disappointing."


  • Larry - 2009-12-03 15:54

    I dont think so! Our coach and skipper are too busy thinking up a new set of excuses. Anyway, the time span is too short for them to think of anything, let laone Backlashes. I would imagine that they would be happy for Rain to fal, so that they can duck out and tell us that they would have won?

  • @larry - 2009-12-03 16:14

    Get a life idiot. That England team is not special at all. PLus we see how good Ingerland is when the real cricket starts. Your new found heroes might let you down badly

  • JustinD - 2009-12-03 16:16

    Oh Larry, why dont you dry your eyes pal, you are a real cry baby.

  • hot wheels - 2009-12-03 16:35

    dont worry the game will be washed out. Eng win the series.

  • Gaz - 2009-12-03 16:44

    Hot or cold Down or up - a one day game is the side that plays the best on the day...(Aus excluded, they are just too damn consistant for my liking) I tip our Boys to come back and administer a right royal rodgering. The Boo's to KP and other ex SA' lads can also now stop - point made!

  • Larry - 2009-12-03 17:59

    We are talking Backlash, so heres one. Smith is a better Batsma than Strauss, but does not come near him as a skipper. Its not about England being good or Bad, its about the Proteas not performing when it counts. The win against the Aussies was against the weakest Aussie team in 30 yrs. A good skipper does not blame the youngsters, especially when it is a feeble excuse. We only hear from Mickey when he chirps before the match and when we win. South Africa is better than their performances have shown. You tell me why? you are the denialist. I sure wont spend good money to go and watch pathetic Play.

  • @larry - 2009-12-03 19:09

    Whine Whine Whine, Mickey said that , Graeme sad this Boo hoo hoo. There is more to cricket than ICC tournaments. Well if you dont know how well the Proteas you just plain ignorant. No denial chump, I support my team even in these so called terrible times of losing 2 games (whoopee) unlike a fickle so called "supporter" like you. If always wanted to know from a troll, is if you hate the Proteas so much why do you bother posting on an article about them. Any case we dont need people like you get lost, and may the door hit you on the way out.

  • Just Cricket - 2009-12-04 08:22

    @larry. Read the article: Extracts from it: "...Smith was not prepared to offer up excuses..." "...we just really haven’t performed up to standard..." "...Graeme Smith said that his team had only themselves to blame..." "...Smith said that he would not blame poor weather..." WHAT EXCUSES MATE? Just remember the same Aussie team we won beat the crap out of the England ODI side! We don't need plonkers like this fool to support the Proteas.

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