Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Strauss Warns His Team against an Indian Backlash

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Strauss Warns His Team against an Indian Backlash

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ANDREW STRAUSS' has warned his England players to be wary of an India backlash ahead of today's third Test.

Strauss is conscious of the powerhouse talents which have propelled India already to number one in the International Cricket Council's tables - and does not expect them to go quietly.

England, however, will approach the third Test with confidence high following backto-back victories at Lord's and Trent Bridge - and in the knowledge that one more in Birmingham will not only seal the series one match early, but deliver the margin of success which will knock India off their perch.

While England have been hit by injuries to Jonathan Trott and Chris Tremlett here - Ravi Bopara replaced the former in their squad at the weekend and the Surrey fast bowler was ruled out only last night because of back trouble - India have endured many more problems so far on this tour.

Discounting the public disorder which has put all in Birmingham on edge and even caused some doubt as to whether the match might even go ahead today, India have been beset by a string of injuries to key players and a spate of poor form for their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. …

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