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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 November 2005, 12:53 GMT
Strauss dismisses batting crisis
Shahid Nazir celebrates
Andrew Strauss admitted England had to be prepared to work harder at the start of their innings after another batting collapse on tour in Pakistan.

Strauss went for five in Lahore as they were bowled out for 126 by Pakistan A, who replied with 127-8 by the close.

"We've just got to keep working hard and things will turn round. I don't think there's anyone at panic stations about their form before the Tests.

"The guys are all pretty confident about their techniques," said Strauss.

"I think patience is the key and certainly when the wicket is nipping about a bit, we've probably got to leave a little bit better than we have done and work a little bit harder to get to 15 or 20.

"Then, the ball seems to come on alright and it is possible to score runs as Tres (Marcus Trescothick) proved in the first game."

England won their opening match at Rawalpindi despite being 98-8 at one stage in their first innings and all out for 112 in the second.

Each batsman individually has got to look at how he's got out and whether he's been at fault
Andrew Strauss

It was a similar story on Sunday as they slumped to 76-7 at lunch, with Michael Vaughan (17) the only top order batsman to reach double figures.

"Sometimes it's the wickets that just offer a bit that wickets end up tumbling on - on ones with exaggerated seam movement, often people play and miss.

"We've got to learn from our mistakes and rectify them," Strauss told BBC Sport.

There are concerns that having played on two seamer-friendly surfaces, England will find themselves on a spinning track for the first Test, which begins in Multan next Saturday.

Middlesex opener Strauss is confident, however, that they will rise to the occasion whatever the conditions.

"We've got to expect the unexpected. We don't know exactly what the wicket is going to be like for the Test match.

"But if it's a flat one, hopefully we can score big runs and if it nips around a bit, we've had a bit of practice to stand us in good stead for that as well."

Six hundred police are on duty at the Bagh-e-Jinnah ground for the game.

"We are taking no risks at all. There will be hassles for the public but this can't be helped," said Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan.

"Three security experts from a private firm are accompanying the England team and co-ordinating through a local security manager.

"Once this tour goes off smoothly there will be no problems with teams agreeing to tour Pakistan."




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