Underperformance won't be tolerated: Strauss warns England players

Andrew Strauss (L) said that no one is guaranteed their place in the England side Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Dubai: Feb 2, 2012

Andrew Strauss on Thursday warned England players that no one is guaranteed a place in the team and that they will have to improve with every game.

“You can’t keep underperforming forever,” Strauss was quoted saying by ESPNstar.com.

“So, all of us have a responsibility on our shoulders to improve our game.

“I’ve been a strong believer that no one is guaranteed their place in the England side.

“The environment only works properly if there is pressure on you for your place, so we all have to work very hard for the next five days.”

Strauss believes they have done everything they can to help themselves, but they have purposely not unpicked techniques drastically mid-series.

“It is not about deconstructing your technique, but clarifying what you want to do out there,” he said.

“To a certain extent cricket is a form game, and some of our guys got out of it at an inconvenient juncture with each other.

“You can’t disappear into a hole too much.

“There are a lot of things these guys have done very well, playing spin over the past couple of years.

“These conditions are slightly different, so it’s more about adapting your game to the conditions than going right back to square one and saying ‘right, I need to change everything’.

“That’s a dangerous route to go down.”