Andrew Strauss insists England will come out “all guns blazing” at Lord’s next week after their disastrous Ashes start.
England go to Lord’s for the second Test a week today licking their wounds after their 251 run mauling by Australia at Edgbaston.
Ex-England skipper Strauss, 42, who masterminded a home Ashes win in 2009, admits the opening loss to their arch-rivals is a hammer blow to their hopes of winning them back.
But he expects England to fight back strongly and says the Aussies have their vulnerabilities.
“England will dig deep and come out all guns blazing at Lord’s,” said Strauss, who led the side from 2006-2012.
“The question is what sort of momentum and psychological advantage do Australia have now?
“I don’t think they do though. I still think there are a lot of vulnerabilities in that Australian camp.
“But England will know they can’t afford to go 2-0 down.”
England had Australia at 112-8 on the first afternoon and took a first-innings lead of 90.
The manner of their collpase though has seen skipper Joe Root criticised for his decision-making after the team were all out for 146 on a disastrous final day.
But Strauss believes Root can handle the flak.
“Joe is an experienced Test cricketer now,” said Strauss, speaking at the launch of golf coach David Leadbetter’s new online teaching platform.
“He has been there and seen it.
“As captain it is harder but those are the tests you need to overcome.
“He is a quality individual and I am sure he will come through it.
“As an England captain you just have to remain level.
“You need to look at what the team did well but you can’t blindly turn your back on things and say there is nothing wrong.
“England did some things wrong at Edgbaston, no doubt about it.
“But concentrate on what is going on in the four walls of the dressing room.
“The guys who haven’t played in an Ashes before will have noticed the extra level of scrutiny and expectation.
“When it is at home, the support is great but if you don’t play well you are going to get even more criticism.”
Strauss now fears for the Test future of Mooen Ali, who took just three wickets and made only four runs with the bat.
Strauss, who won 100 caps, said: “I worry about Mo.
“It’s a lonely place when things are not going your way.
“Is he better off now out of the firing line?
“These are the decisions for the selectors – we can’t afford to be carrying any passengers.”
- Strauss was speaking at Stoke Park for the launch of Leadbetter’s golf university.
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