Strauss vows to hit double ton

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Published: Friday, December 24, 2010, 16:27 [IST]
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Strauss vows to hit double ton

Melbourne, Dec 24: England captain Andrew Strauss insists that his team will attack and go all out to defeat Australia in the final two Tests of the ongoing Ashes series. He has also bid to reach his maiden double century to end the series in style.

The skipper has notched up a so-so batting average of 35.00 in the three completed Tests of the series so far with one century, one fifty and a duck to round off his figures. He will undeoubtedly be looking to up his own game and lead by example in the next two encounters.

Strauss said that there will be no playing safe from an England side, who may have been thrashed in the third Test, but have now regrouped and vowed to come back stronger.

When asked whether he would take a drawn series, which would mean England retained the Ashes, Strauss said: "No. We've got two Test matches to go and we want to win them both. We're going for the outright win, absolutely."

"The majority of Test matches aren't drawn, so there are going to be results in these last two games and we want to make them positive," he added.

The Boxing Day Test will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, while the New Year Test will be held in Sydney. No England team has managed to win both, and the last time any team did was when India triumphed in 1977-78.


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