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Strauss hopes its his time to 'come to the party' during Rose Bowl Test

June 16, 2011 - London

Captain Andrew Strauss has become the latest England batsman to come under the microscope as he attempts to recapture his magic century-making touch.

Strauss has made just one century in the last 23 months, a dearth he admits he needs to address despite his team remaining unbeaten for their last eight successive series.

The 34-year-old knows a big score in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, starting at the Rose Bowl today, would help silence his critics.

"I was frustrated with my returns at Lord's. But that's the nature of the beast as an opening batsman - sometimes you get a couple of good balls early," The Sun quoted Strauss, as saying.

"There's always pressure to score runs. I don't think that ever changes and nor should it because this is Test cricket and there are hundreds of guys playing county cricket who want your job. It's my turn to come to the party."

"You must do everything you can and ride the blows because you're not going to score runs every time. It's my job to score runs for the team and that's what I'm determined to do," he added.

Since his century against Australia at Lord's in July 2009, Strauss has passed fifty 11 times in Test cricket but reached three figures just once. Until then, he had scored 18 centuries and 14 half-centuries.


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