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Strauss backs under-fire batsmen

England Captain Andrew Strauss expects both his team and himself to come good with the bat ahead of the final Test of the series against Pakistan at Lord’s.

Strauss has struggled against the left-arm bowling of Mohammad Amir so far this series, falling on four occasions to Pakistan's 18-year-old sensation.

However, the 33-year-old England skipper has a stunning record at the Home of Cricket - having scored four centuries here and averaging more than 64. He also made his last Test Match century on this ground in the Ashes Test last year ago.

Strauss said: "Lord’s is a wicket I generally play well on and I’m pretty confident going into this game.

"I’m pretty happy with the way my batting’s been going I’ve made some useful contributions but I haven’t got to three figures.

"I’d like that to change here this week.

"I would like to have scored more runs than I have done this series but it’s been tough for opening batsmen but I would like to get a score."

Despite admitting his disappointment with the way his side has performed with the bat so far against Pakistan, Strauss insisted he was pleased with the batsmen’s contribution.

"I’m very satisfied with the batting group generally." added the Middlesex opener, who has made four Test hundreds at Lord’s.

"The key is obviously to make sure that the next guy who comes to the crease can build some really strong foundations.

"Let’s not run away from the fact that we need to bat better than we have done so far this series, because it would be wrong for us to just put our heads in the sand and say everything’s fine.

"We need to improve as a batting unit but as I’ve said there is a determination about the guys to get a good score."

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