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Last Updated: Friday, 1 April, 2005, 14:35 GMT 15:35 UK
Strauss eager for Ashes challenge
Andrew Strauss
There's a good positive feeling in the camp
England's Andrew Strauss
Batsman Andrew Strauss believes the current England team's inexperience of playing Australia will work in their favour in the Ashes Tests this summer.

"The previous generation, such as Alec Stewart and Nasser Hussain, lost to Australia on many occasions," the England star told BBC Radio Five Live.

"They probably stopped believing, whereas a lot of players in the current team do not have that losing feeling.

"There's a good positive feeling in the camp leading into the summer."

Strauss, who made 656 runs at an average of 72.8 in the last Test series in South Africa, said he was wary of the Australia's bowling titans, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.

"I'll be lookng at video footage of McGrath and Warne the closer we get to the matches," added the Middlessex player.

"I'll see how they get left-handers out. But just because it's Australia does not mean I'm going to change the way I prepare."

The opener, who made his England debut in May last year, also paid tribute to his international captain Michael Vaughan.

"He is very laid-back person, but there is a steely side to him and that means he has the respect of the players," said Strauss.

"He leads by example and he also keeps things in perspective. He doesn't go over the top if we have bad day and he's not organising wild parties if we do well."

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