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20 Jan 2012
PAKISTAN V ENGLAND: WE WILL NOT PANIC - STRAUSS

Captain Andrew Strauss says England will not make any dramatic changes in the wake of the 10-wicket defeat by Pakistan in the first Test in Dubai.

Strauss's side were bowled out for 192 and 160 in a loss that leaves them 1-0 down in the three-match series.

"There's plenty of things to ponder but we won't push the panic button," said the 34-year-old.

"We are disappointed with the way we played but we will show character and come back stronger."

After winning the toss, England slumped to 43-5 at lunch on the first day before partially recovering to 192 all out.

By restricting Pakistan to 338, the tourists looked to have gained a foothold in the game, but again collapsed on the third afternoon.

"We got caught off-guard in the first session," Strauss continued. "All credit to Pakistan, once they got ahead they didn't let us back in.

"Our preparation has been good, we played good cricket in the warm-up games, we just didn't react well enough to the conditions. To lose wickets early against the spinners put our batsmen under pressure."

Much of the talk before the Test surrounded the balance of the England team, with Strauss and coach Andy Flower ultimately opting against picking a second spinner in order to field six batsmen and three seam bowlers.

Strauss felt his decision was vindicated and praised his bowling attack.

"The bowlers did a good job but the batsmen should have done better in both innings," added the Middlesex opener.

"I wouldn't fault what the bowlers did - they did exceptionally well. That's not where we're focusing our attention. The most important thing is that we get big runs on the board."

Source: bbc.co.uk

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