KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Andrew Strauss praised the efforts of his bowlers after making an unbeaten 120 to guide England to victory against Western Australia in Perth.
The captain’s century, his first in First Class cricket Down Under, was the standout contribution as England comfortably chased 243 to win by six wickets at the WACA.
Alastair Cook failed to reach double figures for the second time in the match but there was another useful contribution from Kevin Pietersen, who made 35 to go with 58 in the first innings.
The bowlers were the architects of the tourists’ victory however, reducing Western Australia from 109-1 to 223 all out on the third and final morning.
Strauss said: "We're very pleased, especially because of the position of the game at start of play.
"We're delighted with the way the bowlers bowled, and it was a good effort from the batters to chase down that score.
"It was looking like a tough ask to force a result from there.
"It was really encouraging, especially the way the bowlers bowled in partnerships and applied pressure.
"That's what you've got to do out here."
Graeme Swann defied unfavorable spinning conditions to collect an invaluable 4-101 in 28.5 useful overs.
Finn hits his stride
Strauss also heaped praise on the efforts of 21-year-old Steven Finn, who produced a much improved spell in his first ever match Down Under.
The young Middlesex bowler struggled in the first innings, but was in much better rhythm on the final day, finishing with figures of 2-50.
Strauss added: "Steven bowled an outstanding spell right from the start, and we got some momentum.
"He was rusty in the first innings, but got better as the game went on.
"Anderson and Broad were spot on in that first innings, but Finny really set the tone today.
"He was consistent length-wise and caused all the batsmen some trouble."