England captain Andrew Strauss accepts that the combination of bad results and modest form is putting pressure on his position.


England lost the first Test in Sri Lanka by 75 runs yesterday, compounding the series whitewash against Pakistan and making it four defeats from four this year.

Strauss is also struggling to make a major impact at the top of the order, with just one century in his last 48 innings and an average of 28.52 since he reached three figures in Brisbane 16 months ago.

"I can understand (questions over my future) but it's not something I'm focusing on," he said after his side were dismissed for 264 on day four in Galle.

"My job in the side is to score runs, the same as any other batsman, and I haven't scored as many as I would have liked in the last 12 months or so. That's very frustrating but hopefully I'll put it right next week," he added.