But England captain wants team to build on their convincing 354-run victory over Pakistan in the second Test.
Delighted Strauss calls his bowling attack 'first class'
NOTTINGHAM, England // Andrew Strauss, the England captain, hailed his side's "first-class" bowling after a James Anderson-led demolition of Pakistan. England thrashed Pakistan by 354 runs after the tourists were all out for 80 in their second innings - their lowest ever against England - with Anderson taking six for 17 and ending the match with career-best figures of 11 for 71. Stuart Broad had two for 23 and Steven Finn took two for 28 at Trent Bridge, while Imran Farhat was the top scorer with 17 as the first Test ended before lunch on the fourth day. "We're very satisfied with what we've achieved," Strauss told a post-match television interview.
"Our bowling was first class on a wicket that helped a lot and we're very happy, but we're conscious that this is the first match of a four-match series. "It was not all our way, we had some tough times but we reacted well. We're looking for consistency and one game doesn't make you consistent. It was a good team performance and we need to build on it in the next game." Strauss reserved special praise for Matt Prior, the wicketkeeper who made 102 not out yesterday to put England firmly in control. He said: "Prior's 100 was an outstanding innings and any chance of a Pakistan victory was taken away. There's a lot to be happy with." Strauss also backed Eoin Morgan to prove his worth even more in the longer game after his first Test century on the opening day. "His greatest strengths are his temperament and the way he can read the game," Strauss said.
Anderson, the man of the match, hailed the display of the slip cordon in wrapping up the match so efficiently. Six of Pakistan's second-innings batsmen were caught in either the slips or at gully. Anderson conceded that the conditions were in his favour. "It generally swings here, which helps my game, and it helped this week. We weren't sure whether it would swing because it's been a lot cooler this summer. You do want to make the most of it because it doesn't always go your way," he said. Salman Butt, the Pakistan captain, said his side were too easily beaten. "Obviously it's not a good performance, but it's the first Test of four and it's good that it happened early," he said. "We need better fielding and for the third and fourth bowlers to support the seamers, but the same thing happened in the first Test [against Australia] and the second we won." Pakistan began the morning on 15 for three, needing an 435 to win. The batsmen offered little resistance, with seven wickets going for 65 runs. The second Test starts on Friday at Edgbaston. * Agencies
England 354 & 262-9 decl. Pakistan 182 & (2nd innings, overnight 15-3): Imran Farhat c Strauss b Anderson 15 Salman Butt c Collingwood b Broad 8 Azhar Ali lbw b Broad 0 Umar Amin lbw Anderson 1 Mohammad Aamer c Pietersen b Finn 4 Umar Akmal lbw Anderson 4 Shoaib Malik c Collingwood b Anderson 9 Kamran Akmal lbw Finn 0 Umar Gul c Collingwood b Anderson 9 Danish Kaneria not out 16 Mohammad Asif c Swann b Anderson 0 Extras: (4b, 8lb, 1w, 1nb) 14 Total (29 overs) 80 Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-10, 3-11, 4-31, 5-37, 6-41, 7-41, 8-50, 9-65. Bowling: James Anderson 15-8-17-6 (1nb), Stuart Broad 8-2-23-2, Steven Finn 6-3-28-2 (1w).
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