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Cricket: Strauss feeling heat after latest England frustration

England captain Andrew Strauss accepts that the combination of bad results and modest form is putting pressure on his position.

England lost the first Test in Sri Lanka by 75 runs yesterday, compounding the series whitewash against Pakistan and making it four defeats from four this year.

Strauss is also struggling to make a major impact at the top of the order, with just one century in his last 48 innings and an average of 28.52 since he reached three figures in Brisbane 16 months ago.

Strauss' leadership has been instrumental in England's rise to No 1 in the Test rankings and his strong bond with team director Andy Flower means he will almost certainly be given the chance to put things right in the summer.

But he acknowledges that results, both personally and as a team, need to improve and is hoping they will start to do so in Colombo next week.

"I can understand (questions over my future), but it's not something I'm focusing on," he said after his side were dismissed for 264 on day four in Galle.

"My focus is very much on winning the next game. It would be wrong of me to think anything else at this stage. I feel in good form, but you're judged on your performances and I haven't performed well enough."

Strauss believes the side have made strides in recent weeks, but knows it needs to be shown on the pitch, not in the nets.

"I don't think you need to be a rocket scientist to work out where things have gone wrong. We haven't got scores on the board," he said.

"It's hard to say after losing four in a row, but I think, individually, people's game plans against spin have come on."

Irish Independent