We can''t afford to commit mistakes: Strauss

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Nagpur, Feb 22 (PTI) England captain Andrew Strauss waslivid that his side committed so many mistakes in bowling andfielding against the Netherlands and said they will have tocorrect these quickly if they fancy any chance of winningWorld Cup silverware.

"We got a lot of things wrong with our bowling andfielding. We let them (the Netherlands) off the hook three tofour times (drop catches). It was a very poor performance inbowling and we were very disappointing while fielding,"Strauss said after his side''s six-wicket win.

England allowed the Netherlands to score 292 for sixthough they chased down the target with eight balls to spare.

"We can''t afford to commit these mistakes. We have tocorrect our mistakes quickly as some big matches are coming upincluding against India (in Bangalore on February 27),"Strauss said.

Strauss praised his batsmen for the solid performancethough he conceded that it was not an easy run chase.

"Thankfully the batsmen batted beautifully. It was a verygood ODI wicket and we knew if we kept wickets in hand we''dhave a good chance. We had nerves towards the end (of runchase) though," said Strauss who made 88 in his sides 296 forfour.

Strauss said his side was looking to spoil India''s partyin their second Group B match in Bangalore on February 27.

"We are very excited about that match. I hope it would bea great match in front of a big crowd. The atmosphere would begreat and we are hoping to spoil India''s party," he said.

The Netherlands captain Peter Borren rues that his sidehad let slip a chance to score an upset win.

"292 was a very good score but we were wanting whiledefending. England batted very well, credit to them. We bowledat both sides of the wickets, perhaps that might have been amistake. That costs us," he said.

"But we played a very good game today. We had wanted tobe competitive against the top teams and we did just that.

Today it was potentially a chance for an upset win for us. Itdid not happen. We want to have such chances in the comingmatches and next time we hope to take it," he added.

Man-of-the-match Ryan ten Doeschate of the Netherlandssaid his century was a special one.

"It was pretty special for me. I told my team-mates we''reput out a really good performance here on the biggest stage.

There wasn''t too much planning but we will assess as we wentalong. I haven''t set personal goals for the World Cup but Iwant us to carry on playing great cricket," said tenDoeschate, who hit 110-ball 119 and then took two wickets foran all-round show.

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