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Last Updated: Monday, 15 August 2005, 03:26 GMT 04:26 UK
Strauss confident of Test victory
Andrew Strauss hit 106 in England's second innings on Sunday
Andrew Strauss hit 106 in England's second innings on Sunday
Andrew Strauss insists England can take all 10 Australia wickets on the final day of the third Test, despite an increasingly placid Old Trafford pitch.

England have set Australia a record 423 to win the third match in the Ashes.

"We are not going to blow them away and the wicket is slow, but if we get enough good balls in the right areas there are wickets out there," he said.

Australia will resume on 24-0 on Monday morning, with Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer at the crease.

And there are unlikely to be any interruptions for weather, given the decent forecast for Monday in Manchester.

On Sunday Strauss, who had struggled for runs against the Australians this summer, defied his critics to register his first century against the tourists, scoring 106.

"It was important we capitalised on our position and get runs on the board and it was nice to spend time out there," said the Middlesex opener.

Strauss has been criticised for his technique against Shane Warne and the Australia leg-spinner has stated he feels he has the measure of the left-hander, having dismissed him in both innings at Edgbaston.

"You have got to work hard for your runs," Strauss said.

"Getting out for 30 and 40 really frustrated me because I had done all the hard work.

"Against these guys it's always testing because you know Warney is going to come on and he's going to make life difficult.

"The new ball was a bit two-paced but (Marcus) Trescothick took advantage of some of the short stuff and it was just a case of trying to get past the first 20 or 30 overs."

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