London: England’s Test skipper Andrew Strauss, who resumes captaincy against Bangladesh at Lord’s today after watching the Paul Collingwood-led team to Twenty20 World Cup glory, is adamant that they should not take success for granted.
“We’ve had a successful 12 months, but we are still No. 5 in the world in Test and one-day cricket, so it’s not all about slapping each other’s backs and telling everyone how brilliant it is,” The Telegraph quoted Strauss, as saying.
“It’s about continuing to do what we’ve set out in the last 12 months – work hard, make small improvements all the time and if we keep making those, we’ll get better,” he added.
Strauss further said that despite their successful Twenty20 campaign there were still several areas in which he wants the team to improve.
“There are areas we need to improve on in Test cricket. We don’t make enough big hundreds and we’ll look to address that over the summer,” Strauss said.
“Some of our bowling, when conditions are not in our favour, can look unthreatening and we still want our fielding to be the best in the world,” he added.
The 33-year-old would be making a comeback after a four month absence, but remains convinced that he was right to take a break before a hectic year of cricket that culminates with the Ashes.
“The break was very, very important. I feel refreshed and excited about coming back into the England team. Ultimately, it was done for long-term reasons,” Strauss said.
“It was done with the Ashes and next year’s World Cup in mind. I don’t know how the players will react but if there’s a problem, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” he added.