Riots haven`t affected our preparations, says Strauss

Last Updated: Aug 09, 2011, 18:16 PM IST

Birmingham: The riots in London which is now spreading across to other cities including Brimigham haven`t really affected their preparations, stated England captain Andrew Strauss ahead of the third Test against India starting on Wednesday.

Referring to the disturbances in Birmingham on account of riots and vandalism in the heart of the city, Strauss stated," A few of the guys were out when the security manager asked them to come back to the hotel. From then on, we could see police vans going forth and one but we have been isolated from what`s been going on.

"It hasn`t really affected us. To play or not to play are things which are determined by our security teams or authorities who are running the game. Security manager are there for a reason, they determine if it is safe to play. We follow their advice 100 percent, like we did when we went to India after the terrorists attack (in 2008)," the skipper added.

Strauss though admitted that whatever he has seen on television so far has been horrifying.

"On television, it`s horrific. It`s far from our proudest moment. It`s incredibly disappointing to see it happen.”

"It`s an opportunity for cricket to bring in the feel good factor into the newspapers and that not everything is bad."

Strauss said the advisory from the security manager has asked them to stay put at team hotel this afternoon and later in the evening.

"No one of us is directly affected at this stage. We are quite isolated, we don`t know if it would escalate or calm down very quickly. It`s wrong for us to spend too much time thinking about it," he concluded.

PTI