Byline: Andrew Hodgson
ANDREW STRAUSS hopes his England squad show they are desperate for victory when they hold meetings this week to find a winning formula for their one-day series against West Indies.
Yesterday's emphatic six-wicket defeat in the Twenty20 match at the Queen's Park Oval has left England still searching for their first international triumph of the winter.
It has also left captain Strauss determined to ensure England learn from their mistakes when they begin the fivematch one-day series in Georgetown on Friday.
But before then, Strauss hopes to detect some anger and fighting spirit amongst England's players as they seek their first international victory since beating South Africa in a one-day game at The Oval on 31 August.
"The reality is that success breeds success and we need to start winning, and when we start winning the confidence will come with it," said Strauss.
"I think the most important thing is that we're desperate enough to win that game. If we are desperate enough then we'll put everything we've got on the line and if we do that we've got a decent chance of competing in this one-day series and hopefully winning it." Strauss and coach Andy Flower have already set aside time for team meetings this week to prevent yesterday's dismal display -- England were dismissed for a lowly 121 -- continuing in the one-day series.
England will be without all-rounder Andrew Flintoff for Friday as he battles for fitness following his hip problems.
But Strauss will still demand a big improvement from the available players. …