We did well to earn the draw, says Strauss

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

England captain Andrew Strauss has admitted that his side were second best throughout the series in South Africa and offered praise to the home side.

England endured a crushing final Test defeat to South Africa that allowed the hosts to retain the Basil D’Oliveira trophy.

Speaking after the conclusion of Sunday’s Test, Strauss said that he believes a draw is a good result for England.

“The way we played over the four Tests, we did pretty well to earn a one-all,” Strauss told Sky Sports. “South Africa were ahead in three of the four Tests, so to come out at one-all is a good result for us.”

He added: “I think you’ve got to give a lot of credit to Graeme [Smith, the South Africa captain] and his team, they didn’t give us a sniff in this Test match,”

Finally he admitted that the manner of the defeat was hard to take.

“We’re a little bit disappointed with our performance in this game and leave the tour with a little bit of a bitter taste in our mouths.”

MORE:

MORE: The latest football news

MORE: The latest tennis news

BIOGRAPHY: Daniel Sturridge

BIOGRAPHY: Kepa Arrizabalaga

Exclusive interview
The Sport Review
Exclusive interview: John Barnes on why Roberto Firmino is Liverpool FC’s most important player
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
The Sport Review
Milestones and memories, with Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Halep, Radwanska, and more
The Sport Review
Gary Lineker sends message to Mo Salah after Liverpool FC’s 4-0 win at Bournemouth
The Sport Review
Arsenal to consider selling Mesut Ozil in January – report