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Strauss slams England batsmen after loss to Australia

England captain Andrew Strauss
Strauss was run out after a farcical mix-up with Jonathan Trott

England captain Andrew Strauss slammed his batsmen after Australia dismissed them for 214 in 48 overs as they won the third one-dayer by four wickets.

"When you score 214 you are not going to win too many games," he said. "There were too many soft dismissals."

However, Strauss insisted he planned to open again with Matt Prior in the next game, despite Prior falling for his second successive duck.

"We've got to give him opportunities to get used to the role again," he added.

Prior was not originally chosen for the one-day series, with Steven Davies preferred, but after the selectors opted for the Sussex gloveman in their World Cup squad he was immediately brought back into the team.

However, after being caught at slip third ball off Brett Lee in Hobart he was trapped lbw third ball again by the paceman in Sydney.

"That can happen with the new ball you can get a decent one early on," Strauss insisted. "We are very happy with his capabilities in playing at the top of the order he's a very good striker of the ball and has done some very very good work in the field as well so hopefully his turn will come in Adelaide.

"I'm not thinking about re-jigging at all at this stage."

The skipper did not want his players to revert to change their philosophy and added: "We want the guys to play positively and if they think the shot is on they should take it on."

The one bright note of the England innings was Jonathan Trott, who made an unbeaten 84 from 119 balls having come to the crease in the first over.

"He played really well," Strauss said. "It was a solid bat through type of innings, if he'd had someone else playing big shots I think we'd have got up to a decent score.

"It was a nice anchor role but he needed someone to stay in and too many of the rest of us scored 20 or 30 again which doesn't win you games of cricket."

Strauss made 23 from 27 balls before he was run out in a calamitous mix-up with Trott, with both batsmen ending up at the bowler's end. "He owes me a few drinks let's put it that way," the skipper quipped.

"The fact is in one-day cricket you are going to get the odd dismissal that's a little bit soft you just have to make sure you don't have five or six of them and we've had too many of that over the course of the first three games.

"I think we did as well as our fielding was of a much better standard than it has been for a while and that has been one of the hallmarks of our success in one-day cricket, razor sharp fielding an applying pressure on the opposition.

I think in the last three games we've shown we've improved in every facet of the game

Australia paceman Brett Lee

Looking ahead to the fourth game of the seven-match series on Wednesday, Strauss revealed that Kevin Pietersen and James Anderson could come back into the team.

Pietersen was ruled out of the match in Sydney by injury, while Anderson has just returned to Australia having been allowed home to spend time with his new child, but there seems little prospect of Graeme Swann being back in action after a knee problem.

"KP's groin is just something we are going to have to manage, hopefully he'll be OK on Wednesday," Strauss said.

"We'll see how Jimmy is. I think he did quite a lot of bowling in the nets so if he comes through that he will come into contention for Wednesday.

"Graeme Swann is probably not in contention for the next couple of games but he might be for the last two."

Lee, meanwhile, won the Man-of-the-Match award for his 3-27 and was in buoyant mood after his side took command of the series.

"Collectively as a side we're playing very well," he said. "We're bowling well and then Huss (David Hussey) the finisher came in to end it.

"But everyone chipped in, we bowled well, we were good in the field, and I think in the last three games we've shown we've improved in every facet of the game.

"Confidence is such a major thing, but looking back to the first Twenty20 in Adelaide, we lost that by only one ball, it was very close, we won the next one and it has grown from there.

"We're gathering momentum, the lads have got their backs up, we're charging in and hitting the ball in the right spots."

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