Strauss bemoans England's lack of bat power

Updated: 16 March 2009 16:40 IST

England captain Andrew Strauss blamed poor batting for his side's defeat in their Twenty20 International against West Indies on Sunday.

Strauss bemoans England's lack of bat power

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England captain Andrew Strauss blamed poor batting for his side's defeat in their Twenty20 International against West Indies on Sunday.

England were dismissed for a paltry 121 in 19.1 overs at Queen's Park Oval and lost the match by six wickets.

"Pretty obviously (we lost it) with the bat - you don't win too many Twenty20s having scored 121," he said.

"We lost wickets too regularly and we weren't smart enough with our batting on a pitch that held up a bit.

He added: "We weren't ever able to put pressure on the West Indies with the ball. It's just disappointing the way we batted.

"If we had got to 150 - that would have been a decent score. It definitely wasn't an easy pitch on which to play your shots, but if we had just been a bit smarter and kept a few more wickets in hand then we probably would have got closer to that score."

Denesh Ramdin led the West Indies in the absence of the injured Chris Gayle, and admitted it was difficult keeping wicket and leading the side at the same.

"Looking at Twenty20 around the world, you have to be prepared to change around your bowlers, and make it difficult for batsmen to get accustomed to the conditions, and knowing what to do, and when to do it was quite difficult," Ramdin said.

"You have to be on the ball all of the time. It was a lot of pressure, but I believe I coped with it well. Hopefully, Chris will be back for the ODIs though, and our side will be back to full strength."

Ramnaresh Sarwan earned the man-of-the-match award for 59 from 46 balls to continue the fine form that made him the leading run-scorer in the preceding five-Test series which was also won by the home side.

"I'm pretty pleased with the way I have been batting, but I was more pleased about the way we played," said Sarwan who opened the batting.

"The guys really bowled well and fielded well. Hopefully, we can continue to perform these areas of the game well in the ODIs, and it was important for us to win this match because it's basically the start of the limited-overs matches."

The two teams will now contest a five-match One-Day International series with matches in Guyana (March 20 and 22), Barbados (March 27 and 29), and St. Lucia (April 3).



Topics : Cricket England
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