Strauss vows to surprise his opponents

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Dhaka, Feb 14 (PTI) Blaming his team of playing aconservative brand of cricket in the previous World Cup inWest Indies, England skipper Andrew Strauss today said thathis side has learnt its lessons and would be looking to winthe elusive trophy this time around.

"The whole campaign in the 2007 World Cup was a poor one.

We didn''t start well, we never got going and played a veryconservative brand of cricket.

"I hope we''ve learned lessons from it and won''t repeatthe mistakes," Strauss insisted.

Strauss-led team, which landed here yesterday, was guiltyof playing some untidy one-day cricket in the last ODI series,losing 1-6 to the traditional rivals Australia after a brightAshes outing which saw the team reclaim the urn after a gap of23 years.

"We didn''t play good one-day cricket just recently. Butwe''ve got a solid squad, a very settled side and we reallyfeel we can do really well in this tournament," the skipperexpressed.

English team would draw inspiration from the historicTwenty20 cricket World Cup triumph in West Indies last year --the first ever ICC tournament won by the team -- under theleadership of Paul Collingwood, as they look to kick-starttheir campaign with a warm-up match against Canada onWednesday.

"We''re excited about it (World Cup) and I think the guystook a lot of confidence from the fact they won the WorldTwenty20 -- they know they can do it on the big stage," thecaptain said.

He, however, emphasised that English side would have tocome good in the sub-continent conditions, something which theteam has not been able to do in the recent past.

"We''re going to have to play well on the sub-continent,but I think we have the raw materials, a lot of talent in oursquad and guys who can play expansive cricket and aggressivecricket," Strauss said.

England''s build up to the quadrennial event has beenmarred with the long list of injuries, which saw themiddle-order batsman Eion Morgan being ruled out of thetournament, and pace duo of Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzadstill nursing their injuries, while fit-again Stuart Broad nothaving played since the second Ashes Test.

The captain, though, remained confident that come thisWorld Cup his team will be able to surprise its opponents.

"We''ve got some pretty firm ideas about how we want to goabout our cricket here and we hope we take some other sides bysurprise by doing that," Strauss said.

Story first published: Monday, February 14, 2011, 16:45 [IST]
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