Strauss: All talk, no action
Andrew Strauss conceded England's batsmen have performed "very badly" en route to a one-day series defeat in Australia.
Last Updated: 30/01/11 5:17pm
England captain Andrew Strauss gave a frank assessment of his side's shortcomings during the one-dayers with Australia, after they crashed to a 51-run defeat in Brisbane to surrender the seven-match series with two games still to play.
Strauss admitted the tourists have performed "very badly" since winning the Ashes in emphatic style at the start of January.
A string of poor totals with the bat have been at the heart of England's failings, the latest collapse seeing them bowled out for just 198 in pursuit of a target of 250 at the Gabba.
"We're very disappointed with how we've played as a batting group," Strauss told Sky Sports.
"There's been a lot of talking but talking doesn't bring results - guys have to bring it to the middle.
"We want the guys to play positively, We've got the World Cup coming up and I'd hate to see guys go into their shells but it's decision-making - when is the right time to attack and the right time to defend - and we haven't done that well enough. The reasons for that, I'm not sure.
"We've played very badly, we could have won the first two games and probably should. We haven't played smart cricket. We've got two games to get momentum for the World Cup."
Warwickshire seamer Chris Woakes provided a rare bright spot on the day with 6-45, the best ODI figures by an England bowler on foreign soil.
"He obviously showed talent and it shows the future's bright for us," added Strauss.
Woakes, playing in just his second one-day international, was disappointed his bowling heroics were in a losing cause.
"I was pleased with my performance with the ball, it was one of those days when it seemed to go my way, but it would have been sweeter if I was on the winning side," said the 21-year-old.
"I'm pleased with my own performance but it's just a shame we're out of the series."
Australia skipper Michael Clarke, whose 54 out of Australia's 249 all out was the top score of the match, was booed to the crease.
Clarke has been short of runs in recent times but managed to win over the crowd, who applauded his half-century.
"I'm excited to contribute, it's been a while since I made 50," said Clarke. "To win the series is fantastic, the boys are stoked.
"I thought when I got out that if we could scratch out 230 or 240 we were in with a chance, I thought 249 was a pretty good score.
"Everybody contributed, a few guys got starts with the bat and guys chipped in with two wickets."
The match also saw another significant amount of money raised for the flood relief effort in the surrounding Queensland area and Clarke concluded: "That's the most important thing really, the turnout today was fantastic.
"The game of cricket has raised so much money. England have been fantastic too, they've donated a few things."