Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Strauss Keen to Halt Slide before Flintoff's Return

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Strauss Keen to Halt Slide before Flintoff's Return

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Byline: DAVID LLOYD

ANDREW STRAUSS promised that his England team would come out fighting at Lord's today after their feeble performances during the one-day whitewashing by Sri Lanka.

Strauss was in charge for the opening npower Test against Pakistan but can expect to hand the baton back to first choice stand- in Andrew Flintoff at Old Trafford in fortnight's time.

Whatever the future holds for England's 77th captain, though, he was desperate to put his mark on this four-match series, so that a summer which has fast gone downhill can be turned around.

"It's important from my point of view that I do put my stamp on this game, to start off the series in the right way, because the First Test is always important," Strauss said.

"Ideally, as a captain, you want to know you are in charge for a long period of time, but that's not the case with me and we're in this situation because of injuries. There's nothing you can do about that, you just have to make the best of it. …

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