Under-fire strauss despsrate to win final Test

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Published: Monday, April 2, 2012, 18:41 [IST]
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Do-or-die situation for Strauss' England

Colombo, Apr 2: England captain Andrew Strauss said on Monday that he would never lose hope as a captain and fight through his poor batting form as his side are eager to level the Test series against Sri Lanka.

Strauss' number one Test side face a do-or-die situation in Colombo on Tuesday after losing the opening Test in Galle by 75 runs.

England suffered their fourth consecutive Test defeat in the subcontinent this year after being whitewashed by Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. A win in Colombo will help England retain their number one position in Test rankings.

"We desperately want to win this Test match and make amends for what happened in Galle," said Strauss, who is himself struggling to score runs at the top of a fragile batting order.

"I am very sure we have the ability to do it, and that is what we will challenge ourselves to do in the next five days.

"We have not been as consistent as we would like to be, and now we have this final chance and salvage something out of the winter and go into the summer with some momentum.

"I retain absolute faith in our players. You are not going to win every game you play. But if you retain faith, you will turn it around, especially when you have players of quality in your side, which I know we have."

Strauss hit his last century back in November 2010 against Australia and questions have been raised about his place in the side.


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