Strauss’s men go into the second leg of a three-match series, which gets underway at Trent Bridge here today, with a 1-0 lead after a five-wicket win at Lord’s.
“It was very hard work (at Lord’s), that’s always the case with Test match cricket,” Strauss told Sky Sports here yesterday. “Often it’s hard work to get on top of the opposition and often it’s hard work to nail that final nail in coffin.
The West Indies put up a really good fight, there’s times when they made life difficult for us and we were relieved to a certain extent to get over the line and win that game, but we’re also aware we have to do it again this week if we want to win,” added the opening batsman, who ended his 18-month wait for a Test century at Lord’s.
While England ponder whether to alter their seam attack, after Tim Bresnan managed just one for 144 at Lord’s, the West Indies will be forced into at least one change.
Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who took four wickets on debut at Lord’s, was subsequently ruled out of the the series with a back injury. His absence could see the return of Ravi Rampaul, who missed the first Test due to a neck problem.