Strauss ready to rock at the Rose Bowl

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Andrew Strauss is eager to avoid the weather as England bid to reign over Sri Lanka at the Rose Bowl.

The England skipper was among the throng huddled under umbrellas at yesterday’s practice session before the third and final Test match of the series gets going today.

While most will have been checking weather forecasts and hoping the rain clears over the course of the five-day game, Strauss remains focused on the job at hand.

And although he is relishing the task of leading his side into the first Test match to be played at the venue, the batsman is more concerned with securing a 2-0 series victory.

Strauss said: ‘We’re all excited about it. They’ve done an amazing job with the stadium and there is an enthusiasm about the Rose Bowl’s first Test.

‘They’ve put a lot of time, effort and money into the ground.

‘When it was first built the wickets weren’t very good and now they’re excellent, so they’ve answered all the questions asked of them.

‘But we’re here to win. We’re 1-0 up in the series and we’re determined to make it 2-0 and finish the series off.

‘There’s been some good cricket played by both sides among the showers we’ve had but we want to build on what we’ve done so far.

‘We’ve got into decent positions in the two games so far and we want to get the victory this time.’

Unless there is a significant change in the weather, the match looks set to be affected again.

And Strauss admits the conditions have played a part.

He said: ‘The first two games have been very stop-start. It’s been hard to build rhythm.

‘But we’ve made five centuries in the first two games and if you do that you’re going to win more games than you lose.

‘We haven’t quite been at 100 per cent but hopefully we’ll improve.’

The England skipper looks set to have James Anderson available to pep up a bowling attack that failed to perform to its recent high standards at Lord’s.

Strauss said: ‘What Lord’s showed is the quality of our bowling over the last 18 months. We were a bit down on that and it became very obvious.

‘We all know what an important part of our bowling he (Anderson) is.

‘He’s been very consistent and accurate in his performances for a long time now, so hopefully he’ll be fit and leading the attack.

‘We’ll pick the side in the morning. We’ll have a look at the wicket in the morning and make a decision.’