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Video: Strauss critical of his bowlers' performance

Last updated on: February 23, 2011 18:55 IST

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England captain Andrew Strauss was critical of his bowlers' performance after the six-wicket win over the Netherlands in Tuesday's World Cup match in Nagpur.

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Strauss said his team was "untidy" on the field and their bowling was very poor as it allowed the Dutch to rake up 292 for six in 50 overs.

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"For the first 50 overs we were very poor. We were exceptionally poor in the last 10 overs. You don't drop so many catches. We were untidy in the field. At the break, we were a bit of shell shocked as to what happened in the last 10 overs," Strauss said at the post-match media conference.

"The wicket was a bit on the flatter side and the outfield was quick. We would have been happy settle down for 240-250 but we gave away 40 runs more. However we can't take away any credit for Ryan ten Doeschate for the manner in which he batted. We have seen what he has done for Essex but to do it on a big stage is a difficult thing," he added.

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