Andrew Strauss admits England were 'rolled over' by Pakistan

Andrew Strauss was the top scored with 32 for England in the second innings of the second Test against Pakistan Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Abu Dhabi: Jan 28, 2012

Captain Andrew Strauss, on Saturday, admitted that England had been “rolled over three times out of four” after a humiliating 72-run defeat in Abu Dhabi which also saw them lose the series against Pakistan.

“The top order have got to take that on the chin and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Strauss was quoted saying by BBC.

“Sometimes you need to spend a bit of time at the wicket. There is always a balance between attack and defence.

“But it’s important to acknowledge how well Pakistan played.”

England, who were chasing 145 for a victory, crumbled to 72 all out as Pakistan romped home with a day to spare.

“We worked hard to get into a position to win the game, but ultimately we couldn’t take that opportunity,” said Strauss.

“I wish I could explain it.

“Good bowling from both ends made it hard from us to score and maybe we didn’t take as many good options as we should have done.

“Each batsman has to look at his options individually. Some of our more attacking players got out early rather than getting through it.

“Whenever you lose in such a fashion, you always think, ‘could we have been more positive?’ It is a natural reaction.

“But if you are rolled over three innings out of four on a tour, there are questions there.

“There is a lot of pride in the England side and we all believe that we are better than we have showed in this series. But sometimes you have to accept that people will play better than you.”

Strauss refused to blame the Decision Review System for his side’s struggles against spin.

“It has changed the dynamic of the game, to a certain extent,” he explained.

“In the old days, you could use your pad and bat together, but you cannot do that now.

“But it is the same for both sides, and has helped our spinners to a huge extent as well as you feel very wary about playing across the line.

“Ultimately, this was a great Test match, and a great Test match wicket, because it kept everybody interested.

“It is good for the game of Test cricket when things are happening and when both bowlers and batsmen are in the game.”

The skipper did have words of praise for slow left-armer Monty Panesar, who took 6-62 in the second innings in his first Test since July 2009, bowling in tandem with fellow spinner Graeme Swann.

“Monty has always been a top-quality bowler – you know what you are going to get from him,” Strauss said.

“He is going to bowl 99% of the balls in the right area. When there is a bit of turn, he can really exploit that, and it is fantastic to have him back and see his enthusiasm.”

Strauss refused to rule out team changes for the final Test, back in Dubai on Friday.

“Now is not the time to think about that,” he insisted.

“We will take in what happened, do that for the next day or two, and then come back strong in Dubai.”