x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Strauss admits England need to improve

The England captain says they must work harder in the one-day series after their crushing six-wicket Twenty20 defeat to the West Indies.

Andrew Strauss admitted England have plenty to work on for the one-day series after slumping to an emphatic six-wicket defeat against West Indies in today's Twenty20 international. Dismissed for a lowly 121 at the Queen's Park Oval, with the debutant Steven Davies as the highest scorer with 27, England never looked likely to end their wait for their first international victory of the winter with West Indies sealing their triumph with two overs to spare. Ramnaresh Sarwan hit a match-winning 59 off only 46 balls and England will now travel to Guyana for Friday's opening one-day international desperately looking for a formula to beat West Indies.

"When you score 120 you're not going to win too many Twenty20 games," admitted the captain Strauss. "We did a lot of things wrong with the bat if we're honest with ourselves. "We lost wickets at regular intervals, the guys that did get in didn't go through and we didn't keep the momentum up. It was a very disappointing performance with the bat and we would have needed two or three things to go our way in the field if we were going to win the game. "It was one of those slow wickets which we need to think about and what our scoring areas are on those wickets and obviously assess the risk of our shots as well. There's plenty for us to work on, we're disappointed with the way we played and we need to put it right for the first one-dayer."

Strauss plans to bring the squad together before Friday's opening match in Georgetown when they are again likely to be without the all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who is yet to regain full fitness after his recent hip problem. "We've got to be very clear about our thinking," he said. "We need to have a couple of decent chats this week on how we're looking to play in different conditions and also how we're thinking and communicating out in the middle. "It's one of those situations where you need to be calm, you need to take pressure off the players and allow them to go out there and play with freedom. "That's the only way you can beat other international teams - you can't beat international teams that are confident if you're not prepared to play with confidence and freedom yourself." *PA Sport