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Andrew Strauss still confident bowlers can take 20 wickets

Posted on 24/07/2012 in Cricket

Despite suffering a battering at the hands of South Africa, England captain Andrew Strauss insists there is no need to panic.

The tourists won the first Test at the Oval by an innings and 12 runs and in the process lost just two wickets as Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and triple century-maker Hashim Alma made the host's much-lauded attack seem toothless.

However, Strauss said his team still has what it takes to turn the series around and keep their number one-ranked status in the remaining two games.

He stated: "I have a great amount of belief in our players and I am sure we will bounce back next week.

"Our bowling attack has huge reserves of confidence."

The skipper was thankful for a break in the tough test itinerary and believes that England will be reinvigorated by the time the Headingley Test starts on August 2nd.

He also confirmed that none of his bowlers had been hampered by injury during the five days in London.