Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Strauss Expecting Aggressive Cricket; Opponents Won't Hold Back as One-Day Series Begins

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Strauss Expecting Aggressive Cricket; Opponents Won't Hold Back as One-Day Series Begins

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ANDREW Strauss' England are primed to handle inevitable "in your face" confrontations in the five-match one-day series against South Africa, starting at The Wanderers today.

The England captain has no doubt much aggressive cricket is in the offing between two teams who rarely hold back against one another.

The recent result - surprisingly in view of their respective ICC ODI rankings - has been a marked domination for Strauss and Co, who have won five successive 50-over matches against South Africa.

The first four of those came in autumnal English conditions last year, and the most recent saw Strauss' tourists bring an embarrassingly premature end to South Africa's Champions Trophy campaign on their own turf less than two months ago.

That 22-run verdict at Centurion was also mired in controversy after Strauss chose not to allow opposite number Graeme Smith a runner when he began to suffer with cramp as he was carrying the home innings.

Smith famously noted afterwards that Strauss should be aware the "world is round", implying he may live to regret his decision.

The latter was not afraid to quote those words back yesterday, however, making it clear England are in no mood for camaraderie as they seek to prove their Ashes-winning mettle on a pivotal tour. "We haven't had much to do with them," Strauss said of off-the-pitch relations so far with England's hosts. "South Africa-England games are always competitive; the cricket is always aggressive and in your face.

"This series is going to be no different. We know that - and we're prepared for it as well."

Strauss can hardly help but be aware of the noises from Smith and South Africa coach Mickey Arthur, among others. "There has been quite a lot said, but not much by me," he observed.

"I think when you come to South Africa, you expect this - we've seen this before, so none of it particularly surprises me. …

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