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Andrew Strauss wants spot-betting scandal forgotten

Strauss wants scandal forgotten
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England skipper Andrew Strauss insists that the Pakistan spot-betting scandal is "water under the bridge".

England captain Andrew Strauss has called for the infamous spot-betting scandal to be forgotten ahead of the upcoming Test series against Pakistan.

The last time the two sides met, Pakistan trio Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were involved in match fixing, for which they have since received prison sentences.

Now Strauss is eager to move on from the incident and concentrate on matters on the field.

"I think the spot-fixing stuff is something we are desperately keen to move on from. No good can come from churning it all up again and it is time to concentrate on the cricket," said Strauss.

"What has happened before, as far as I am concerned, is water under the bridge.

"I hope that both sides can go on and play cricket in the right spirit and we can produce a very entertaining and exciting Test series."

The three-match series, as well as four one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches, begins on January 17 and will be hosted in the United Arab Emirates.

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