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Strauss supports lie detector idea Published: 20 July 2011

Andrew Strauss has voiced his support for the MCC World Cricket Committee’s (WCC) suggestion that lie detector tests could be used to prevent corruption in cricket.

Speaking at Lord’s in the build-up to the first npower Test between England and India, Strauss stressed the importance of finding new ways to clean up cricket.

The 34-year-old was upbeat about the role polygraph testing could play in the game and stated his belief that cricket should use any means to rid itself of corruption.

“In principle I’m absolutely behind the suggestion.” said the 34-year-old opening batsman.

“I’m in favour of anything that helps us get to the bottom of any wrongdoing in the game of cricket.

“It’s vitally important for the game of cricket going forward that it’s as clean as possible and can demonstrate that fact."

'Making cricket cleaner'

Ex-Australia captain Steve Waugh chairs the WCC’s Anti-corruption Working Party and has undertaken a lie detector test in order to further WCC’s research.

Video: Waugh takes lie detector test

Strauss, who was skipper during the controversial Lord’s Test against Pakistan last summer, admitted the precise details of the suggestion would need to be clarified.

The two time Ashes winning captain echoed Waugh's view that making cricket as clean as possible is of the utmost importance for the future though:

“The devil is always in the detail with these sort of things.

“I don’t know exactly how lie detector tests work and how accurate they are but I like the idea of it and I like the idea of us getting down to the nitty-gritty and finding out if any wrongdoing has been going on and therefore making the sport cleaner.”

Number one challenge

Strauss was also in confident mood ahead of the opening Test with India.

England need to secure a series win by two clear victories in order to topple the visitors as the number one ranked Test side in the world.

The Middlesex man insisted England are ready to assume that mantle, but insisted his side have their sights on further domination.

”I still think there are areas we can improve on and number one is relative to what other sides are doing.” added Strauss, who plays his 86th Test tomorrow.

“But our cricket over the last two years… I don’t think there has been a side that have been better than us. We’ve won seven and drawn one series.

“This is a new challenge for us though and our goal over the long term is not to just be the side that on the rankings is number one but to be the side that people genuinely believe are the number one side.

“Nothing changes whether we win or lose this series.”

Strauss, typically, kept his cards close to his chest regarding England's selection for the Test, though the prevailing feeling is that Stuart Broad will pip Tim Bresnan and make the side.


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