Worth a chase, insists Andrew Strauss

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ENGLAND captain Andrew Strauss felt it was “worth having a go” at an improbable run chase against South Africa before the second Test at Headingley petered out into a draw.

Stuart Broad took four wickets for 12 runs before the tourists declared on 258 for nine, leaving England chasing a highly unlikely 259 from 39 overs. Yet they took a calculated gamble by sending out Kevin Pietersen to open but he fell early while Matt Prior was also sent up the order but he was run out after a mix-up with Jonathan Trott, effectively ending their pursuit.

Trott and Ian Bell remained unbeaten until the close with the teams shaking hands on 130 for four after 33 overs.

“It was a bit of a tall chase but it was certainly worth having a go,” said Strauss.