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Andrew Strauss: 'England yet to play best cricket'

Strauss: 'England yet to play best cricket'
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Andrew Strauss says that England have not needed to play their best cricket against Australia yet due to their superior batting lineup in the Ashes.

Former England captain Andrew Strauss believes that the current side are yet to play their best cricket despite taking control against Australia in the Ashes.

The hosts currently lead the series 2-0 after romping to a 347-run win over the Aussies as they bowled them out for 235 in their second innings on day four of the second Test.

"There was quite a tight opening day to this Test match but since then it has been all one way traffic," Strauss told Sky Sports News.

"England played really well and there have been some really good bowling performances - Graeme Swann took nine wickets in the game and James Anderson was good again, although he didn't take that many wickets - but England got the two hundreds and that was the most important thing.

"Ian Bell's hundred and Joe Root's big hundred was the major difference between the two sides. England have been really, really solid. I don't think they've been 100% at their best but I don't think they've needed to be. They've applied pressure on Australia and Australia haven't had any answer to that. Once England have got on top of the game Australia have had no way to get back into it."

England meet Australia in the third Test of the Ashes at Old Trafford on August 1.

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