Strauss blames inconsistent pace bowling for draw against Lanka

London: England skipper Andrew Strauss has blamed his fast bowlers of not performing to their potential during the drawn second Test against Sri Lanka.

England had packed off Sri Lanka for 82 during the first Test in Cardiff, but this time Stuart Broad, Chris Tremlett and Steven Finn struggled to maintain consistency as Lanka piled up 479 in their first innings.

Strauss, taking a 1-0 lead into the final Test at the Rose Bowl, said: “It’s frustrating when a match ends in a draw. You put a lot of hard work in for five days and neither side gets anything out of it.”

“There was a lack of consistency here – that’s something we’ve prided ourselves in over the last 18 months. The guys aren’t machines but the rhythm wasn’t there,” The Sun quoted Strauss, as saying.

“Hopefully at the Rose Bowl we’ll be better than here. They all bowled well in spells and inconsistently in spells,” he said.

The England skipper was forced to join Matt Prior in apologising for a smashed window in the dressing room.

A spectator was treated for a small cut after the wicketkeeper’s bat went through the glass and showered shards on the people below.

Strauss said: “Matt didn’t quite realise at the time there were people below him. He wanted to go down there and apologise. I think it was the right thing to do. It was a genuine accident.”

Bureau Report

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