Strauss relief at improving England

by Setanta Staff , 08 April 2012

England captain Andrew Strauss believes the team has emerged from a tough winter on the sub-continent a better side.

Andrew Flower's men retained their number one world Test ranking with victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Saturday, ensuring a draw in the two-match series.

It was a happy end to a sometimes difficult winter which saw the side whitewashed by Pakistan in a three-Test series in the UAE, with the batsmen coming in for particular criticism for their struggles against spin.

With another trip to the sub-continent lying in wait next winter in India, Strauss believes his players have learned some valuable lessons over the winter that will stand them in good stead for the future.

"We've been seeing in the nets for a while the guys have been forced to re-look at their games," he said.

"It's easy to say we're experienced cricketers and we should have known it earlier but I do think to a certain extent DRS has changed things and we've had to look at our techniques, and I think we've come through that. Everyone looks better now than they did at the start of the winter. "

It's always a shame when you've got to be handed a few defeats to make sure you really do look at it.

We're excited.

India's still a long way off, but we've got some good lessons we can put in the bank."

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