Andrew Strauss believes England are still capable of improvement - despite seeing his side wrap up a 2-0 series win over West Indies following a comfortable nine-wicket triumph in the second Investec Test at Trent Bridge.
After Tim Bresnan and James Anderson took four wickets apiece to help dismiss the Windies for 165 in their second-innings, the hosts were left chasing a target of 108 for victory.
Captain Strauss (45) and Alastair Cook (43 not out) helped seal a result that was all-but assured by last night’s bowling exploits.
Yet Strauss, perhaps alluding to when Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy both scored centuries after West Indies had been reduced to 133 for six on day one, believes his team can perform better.
“You always like to be a bit more clinical than you have been,” Strauss told Sky Sports 1. “We’ve had match-winning positions where we could have really finished the games earlier than we have.
“But being made to work hard, it makes it feel pretty good when you actually get over the line.
“We had that great session last night that put us in a very strong position to win today but we still had to go out and work hard to take those final wickets and knock off the runs.”
Bresnan took three wickets for just 10 runs as the Windies slipped to 61 for six last night although Marlon Samuels’ unbeaten 76 this morning ensured England did not have things all their own way.
“We’re obviously delighted to get over the line but again it was quite hard work in this Test match,” said Strauss.
“We’d gotten ourselves in position where we felt where we could really take this game by the scruff of the neck but all credit to the West Indies, they came back at us there.
“We’re just delighted to have won it, it’s been a hot, hard four days, there’s been some good performances from the lads and it’s a well-earned victory.”