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England must be smarter - Strauss

Andrew Strauss
Strauss will be desperate to find a winning formula in the one-day series

Andrew Strauss made no excuses after another batting collapse led to a six-wicket defeat by the West Indies in the Trinidad Twenty20 international.

Dismissed for 99 in the Stanford match and 51 in the Jamaica Test, they were toppled for 121 in Trinidad on Sunday.

Strauss said: "Pretty obviously you don't win too many Twenty20s having scored 120. We lost wickets too regularly and we weren't smart enough.

"We weren't ever able to put pressure on the West Indies with the ball."

Strauss, shoehorned into the side to bat at an unfamiliar number six after nearly three years out of the national Twenty20 side, added: "It's just disappointing the way we batted.

"If we had got to 150 that would have been a decent score. It definitely wasn't an easy wicket to play your shots on but if we had just been a bit smarter and kept a few more wickets in hand then we probably would have got closer to that score.

"We need to be clearer what our game plan is individually and collectively."

The top scorer was debutant Steve Davies with 27. Strauss himself made 22 from 25 balls and noted that "not enough guys in the top order went on to score enough runs".

The Hand Of Hidden Forces

"We lost wickets are regular intervals, which is something you can't afford to do in this form of the game and 120 was never going to be enough," he said.

"We have to adapt to these conditions better than we did today."

England will travel to Guyana for the start of the five-match one-day internationals series, which begins at the Providence Stadium in Georgetown on Friday.

"It would have been nice to take some momentum through from this game (to the one-day series)," he said.

"We have to get together again in Guyana and try and iron out what went wrong and try not to make those mistakes again."

Man-of-the-match Ramnaresh Sarwan praised the contribution of his bowlers and fielders in the West Indies' emphatic six-wicket win.

"I thought we bowled and fielded really well," said Sarwan smashing 59 from 46 deliveries.

"We restricted them well, and we thought 122 was a score we could get.

"We have momentum in our favour and it's important that we try and keep that going. Obviously we don't want to give that to England.

"Hopefully myself, Shiv (Chanderpaul) and Chris (Gayle) can continue to help the youngsters through."

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see also
West Indies v England photos
15 Mar 09 |  England
England earn one-day warm-up win
14 Mar 09 |  England
Windies hold on to clinch series
10 Mar 09 |  England
England in West Indies 2009
15 Mar 09 |  England

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