Strauss hurting at embarrassing one-day form
Andrew Strauss has said England's humiliating one-day showing against Australia will not extend to the Test arena even though the captain has admitted his side's confidence has been damaged by the series.
Less than a month after leading England to Ashes glory, Strauss suffered the ignominy of being jeered by fans at the post-match presentation after a crushing 111-run reverse at Trent Bridge as Australia moved 6-0 up in the series.
While he acknowledges the limited-overs squad is perilously low on confidence as the prospect of a first ever 7-0 series defeat looms, he does not expect to see any overspill into the five-day format.
"I don't think this affects our Test prospects particularly," said the captain, after watching Australia blitz his side for 185 chasing 297.
"I've been around plenty of the times when the one-day team hasn't performed well and the Test team has performed very well.
"It's important to compartmentalise this, but in this one-day compartment no one likes to be losing six games in a row. The simple fact of the matter is we need to improve - and we need to do it quickly.
"But it's been damaging for the one-day unit, because confidence has become increasingly frail."
Strauss refused to condemn the small but vocal group of fans who barracked him at the end of the match.
"I can understand the frustration of the crowd. It was a very poor performance," he said.
"Certainly we were never in the hunt with the bat and we made a huge number of mistakes.
"It's something that has been building over the course of the six games we've played. I'm not going to sit here and make excuses.
"What we've shown hasn't been good enough, far from it. As a group of players and as individuals, we need to stand up and show some character now. It's as simple as that."
Considering the prospect of making history by becoming the first international side to lose every game of a seven-match series, Strauss added: "Six-nil is bad enough.
"We've got one more opportunity to show our calibre as a side. We need to take that opportunity."
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