Strauss hopes to build on storming form in Test series

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Durban (S. Africa), Dec.5 (ANI): Captain Andrew Strauss believes that England have struck upon the brand of cricket they will need to reproduce in the Test series against South Africa and in the 2011 World Cup.

Having become the first England captain to win a one-day series in South Africa after the washout at Sahara Stadium, Strauss said that the squad should stay together as far as possible to build on the 2-1 success.

"It feels like a stronger group of players who know what they are trying to do better than 12 months ago. I have seen enough from them here to suggest that we are not too far from where we want to be. They are willing to play an expansive type of game, which looks like it has the potential to work against most teams," The Sun quoted Strauss, as saying.

"This is probably the brand of cricket we need to play in the World Cup. The old-school way is to save wickets for the last ten overs, but you are going to be behind the eight-ball playing like that."

Paul Collingwood was named man of the series, but Jonathan Trott was the most conspicuous "winner" among the England squad, having scored two half-centuries in the three matches to cement the opening place alongside Strauss. (ANI)

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