Andrew Strauss Says Fear of Failure a Problem for England

England have never won the World Cup despite having competed in every edition since hosting the inaugural tournament in 1975 and former captain Andrew Strauss said that, from his own experience, the problem had more to do with batsmen's approach rather than their techniques.

Updated: November 18, 2014 13:18 IST
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London: Andrew Strauss said Monday a collective fear of failure on the part of England's batsmen risks damaging the team's chances at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

One longstanding complaint about England's recent one-day international performances, which have seen them lose five of their last six 50-over series, is that an essentially orthodox approach to batting allied to a lack of big-hitters means they are not getting enough runs to be competitive.

Last week saw India's Rohit Sharma score an ODI world record of 264 against Sri Lanka -- a total bigger than seven of England's last 10 ODI innings, albeit that includes the meagre 73 Alastair Cook's men needed for a 10-wicket win over a Sri Lanka side skittled out for just 68 at Old Trafford in May.

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