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Strauss vows to attack as England look to end Australian hopes

| 09.12.2010

Andrew Strauss has come under fire on previous England tours for being too negative with his tactics.

But having taken a 1-0 Ashes lead in Adelaide, Strauss has urged his team to end any slither of Australian hopes of winning the Ashes by going for the jugular and winning the third Test in Perth.

England will start the Test match in Perth as favourites, the last time Australia entered a Test match on home soil as the underdogs was longer than the record books care to remember, but even as favourites, England offer plenty of value at 6/4.

It’s clear to all that Australia are unsure who their best eleven players are, and while they may still have the batting power to go out and post huge scores, their bowling attack is arguably the worst in Australia’s history.

As England reflect on their victory in Adelaide over the next few days leading up to the third Test which starts on the 16th December, Strauss and co should be targeting three wins from the next three Tests.

“Not many matches in Australia end up being drawn,” said Strauss – he’s right, only 72 of the 374 Test matches played by Australia in Australia end in draws.

“The basis for all our cricket out here is to win games, nothing will change.”

A 4-0 series win for England is priced at 12/1 and is tempting considering Australia are so desperate that Shane Warne is being tempted into a comeback.

But the last time Australia suffered a whitewash in Australia was the 1887/88 Tour in which England won all three Test matches in Sydney.

With a batting line-up that includes Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey, Australia must be good for a win and a 3-1 series win for England is priced at 6/1.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.