We Have Been Successful in Exerting Pressure: Strauss

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We Have Been Successful in Exerting Pressure: Strauss
England are world's best Test side now but the way their bowlers have throttled the Indian batting has been the overriding factor of the ongoing series.

England captain Andrew Strauss revealed his bowlers methods which is primarily to frustrate the opposition batting.

"Our method over the last couple of years has been to frustrate the opposition player. It doesn't matter what your record says, in any innings you have to overcome the type of bowling and conditions…I think we've exerted a lot of pressure on all their batsmen," Strauss said at the post match media interaction today.

India hasn't suffered a batting slump of this scale for a long time. But for Rahul Dravid, every top batsman has failed to contribute substantially.

Man-of-the-match Alastair Cook backed the claim of his captain on his bowlers.

"It's a lot of credit to the way our bowlers have bowled…All four bowlers, five if you include Chris Tremlett, offer something different and continue to prey on people's weaknesses.

"It's a pleasure to be the ball-shiner for them because you know it gets reward. Our job as a batting unit is to try and give them some time off, so they are as fresh as they can be."

Both Strauss and Cook maintained that it doesn't serve to rest on one's laurels and being world's No 1 Test side doesn't take their mind off the final Test at Oval, starting Thursday.
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