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Thu Apr 24 16:14:05 SAST 2014

Proteas will man-handle Strauss, says Boycott

TEAMtalk Media | 23 May, 2012 13:370 Comments
England v West Indies: 1st Investec Test - Day Two
Andrew Strauss of England walks off after the end of play after making a century during day two of the first test between England and West Indies at Lord's on May 18, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Tom Shaw / Getty Images

Former England batsman Geoff Boycott has warned Andrew Strauss to stay grounded following his century against the West Indies at Lord's, advising the captain to make sure he is not vulnerable against the short ball.

Strauss, who had not recorded a ton in 18 months prior to last week's knock, made 122 at a strike rate of 47, playing predominantly on the front foot, but Boycott has cautioned that South Africa's tour to England later this year will provide far trickier opposition.

The Yorkshireman said on Sports24: "Everyone is going to be happy that the captain made runs. When he reached his hundred you could see the relief and delight in Andrew's face.

"Although he played nice and straight, when the ball is short he still has a problem. He doesn't use his feet. He doesn't move his back foot back and across; he just jumps in the air.

"The century will have given him some confidence, but he needs to work on that because he will definitely face plenty of short balls when South Africa come along later this summer.

Of the Proteas bowling attack, the colourful commentator warned that world number one Dale Steyn was a different kettle of fish to Windies paceman Kemar Roach, who dismissed Strauss in both innings at Lord's.

Boycott said: "Dale Steyn is quicker than Kemar Roach and a far better bowler.

"Morne Morkel is a tall man who gets bounce allied to his pace. They will give him a working over."

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