Andrew Strauss hails England mentality after ‘positive start’
England captain Andrew Strauss praised his side’s positive mentality during their six-wicket win over Western Australia in the opening warm-up game ahead of the Ashes series.
Strauss struck an unbeaten 120 to guide his side to victory on the final day and was delighted with the manner in which England stepped up their chase to win.
“It was looking like a tough ask to force a result from there,” he said. “But we had two choices. We could have come here and gone through the motions – but what we did was come in and hit the ground running.
“We are delighted to have got the tour off to a positive start and it’s all about momentum here.”
An opportunist England began day three with an impressive bowling display which gave them the chance of forcing a result. Western Australia began on 109-1, but Graeme Swann 4-101, Steven Finn 2-50 and Stuart Broad 2-26 reduced the Aussies to 233 all out.
“We’re very pleased, especially because of the position of the game at the start of play,” continued Strauss.
The target was reached comfortably with Strauss leading from the front however another failure for Alastair Cook continues to be England’s only real concern.
But the England skipper was quick to defend his fellow opening partner. He said: “We all know temperamentally he is outstanding.”
Kevin Pietersen once again looked good making 35 with Jonathan Trott, Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell also making good contributions.
The tourists will face South Australia in Adelaide on Wednesday in their second warm-up match down under.