Strauss delighted with England's fighting spirit

Published: Tuesday, August 2, 2011, 2:00 [IST]
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Strauss delighted with England's showing

Nottingham, Aug 1: England captain Andrew Strauss lauded his team-mates for their fighting spirit and ability to make comebacks from tight situations, which according to him was crucial to the home team's unassailable 2-0 lead in the series against world's number one Test side India.

In a spot of bother at 124 for eight in the first innings on the opening day of the second Test, England turned the tables around and defeated India by a massive 319 runs at Trent Bridge here today to go 2-0 up in the four-match series.

"Most sides are pretty good when they've got everything their own way. But one of the real measures of a good side is whether they are able to make comebacks from difficult circumstances.

"In the last two Tests we've had to dig pretty deep and it gives me a lot of pride to see guys putting their hands up and delivering when it matters," said Strauss after the win.

"Twice in this Test we were in a position where India looked very much like favourites to win the game and we dragged it around," he added.

Strauss had special praise for man-of-the-match Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan for their all-round performances.

He also did not forget to mention the contribution of Ian Bell, who scored 159 in England's mammoth second innings score of 544.

"There was Stuart (Broad) who rescued us both with the ball and the bat in the first innings and turned the match on its head with the second new ball.

"There were also Ian Bell and Tim Bresnan with the second innings batting which gave us a breathing space. It also fills me with a lot of confidence for the future that we can go on and become a better side," the English skipper said.

Strauss dismissed the notion that with this win England has taken a very strong step towards completing a whitewash in the series.


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