Too many mistakes cost us the game, says Strauss

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Published: Friday, March 30, 2012, 19:10 [IST]
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We were outplayed by Sri Lanka: Strauss

Galle, Mar 30: England captain Andrew Strauss admitted that his team made too many mistakes as they crumpled to a 75-run defeat against Sri Lanka in the opening Test in Galle.

England have now lost four Test matches in a row, three against Pakistan and suffered against Sri Lanka's spin duo Rangana Herath and Suraj Randiv as they rattled the No. 1 test teams batting line-up.

England were chasing a target of 340, but with a day to spare the English batsmen couldn't adapt with the conditions. Jonathan Trott's innings of 112 but did not make any impact as England's batting woes continued.

Strauss said that the whole team failed to perform. "We're bitterly disappointed," the England captain told Sky Sports. "In truth we made too many mistakes to win the game.

"We fought very hard and there were some outstanding performances from James Anderson, Graeme Swann and Jonathan Trott. But we left ourselves with too much to do.

"All credit to Sri Lanka, they put us under pressure, outplayed us and deserved the victory.

"There's no room for mistakes. If you take them you've got be lucky to get away with them and this game we weren't. We were in a great position to make use of the wicket but we all fell a bit too softly.

"However, we've got one more game to show we can play better cricket in this part of the world."

Since the retirement of world record holder Muttiah Muralitharan in 2010, Sri Lanka have managed to only their second win in 18 Tests losing six and the rest were drawn.

Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene was delighted to see his team clich victory after 18 Tests.

"It's been a tough period for us, but the boys worked really hard to improve as a unit and today we showed a lot of character," the first-innings centurion said.

"England played really well and Trotty's innings was excellent. We had to hang in there and try and get those wickets."


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