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Cricket World Cup: Strauss demands England improvement

Andrew Strauss

Strauss slams England performance

England captain Andrew Strauss demanded a marked improvement from his team following their unconvincing six-wicket World Cup win over the Netherlands.

Strauss was particularly critical of England's performance in the field, after they scraped a victory in their first match with eight balls to spare.

"We got a lot of things wrong with our bowling," Strauss said.

"We need to improve. The first 50 overs was a very poor performance and the last 10 was extremely poor."

All-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate smashed 119 from 110 balls as the Dutch took advantage of some poor England bowling and abject fielding to post 292-6.

Andrew Strauss (88) and Jonathan Trott (62) gave England a solid start but, after runs dried up in the middle overs, they eventually limped over the finish line with Paul Collingwood and Ravi Bopara scoring well.

We are very disappointed with our performance in the field. Fortunately we got ourselves out of jail

Andrew Strauss

"We need to take it on the chin," Strauss added. "All credit to the way Ryan [ten Doeschate] played but we were very disappointed with ourselves in the field. Fortunately we got ourselves out of jail.

"It was a little bit nervy at the end but we are happy to have got the win."

Jonathan Trott, whose 62 runs proved crucial, admitted that England need to find some consistency.

"It was one of those things that can happen," Trott reflected. "We got the result we wanted, but we need to be more consistent.

"This result showed us what we need to work on and get our act together and come up with a few ideas."

Netherlands captain Peter Borren paid tribute to his side but remained disappointed they had been unable to secure what would have been a historic victory.

"We got a good, competitive score and the wicket wasn't as easy as we made it look," Borren stated. "We didn't make them work as hard as we should have done for their runs.

"It was a massive moment for Ryan and he batted beautifully. Our 292 was a good score, we struggled to defend it and credit to them."

Ten Doeschate, who was named man of the match following his two wickets and memorable century, said: "I was surprised that we won the toss and batted so there wasn't much planning from me. It was a good strip and we had to assess as we went on."

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Speaking on the BBC's Test Match Special podcast , Geoffrey Boycott urged England to step up their performance ahead of their game against India on Sunday.

"Except for Bresnan, it was a very poor bowling and fielding performance," Boycott commented. "I thought Swann bowled exceptionally well, he could have had three wickets for 29.

"For Jimmy Anderson it was one of his worst performances, he lacked energy and aggression as if there was nothing there. Kevin Pietersen bowled two overs of codswallop and Swann dropped a cuckoo. The whole thing was poor and erratic.

"It was the sort of performance which I hope won't be repeated. It worried me because some of the players have hardly been home, they are bound to be tired and flat."

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