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Exclusive: Andrew Strauss tips England's batsmen to improve against New Zealand

Strauss in action at Wentworth. (©GettyImages)
Strauss in action at Wentworth. (©GettyImages).

Former England captain Andrew Strauss believes the batting line-up will come good during the second test against New Zealand, which gets underway at Headingley on Friday.

The hosts enjoyed what eventually turned out to be comfortable win against the Kiwis in the first test at Lords, but it was the bowlers who made the biggest impact with Stuart Broad and James Anderson ripping through the visitors.

However, Strauss is confident the top order can make amends for their inability to build on good starts at the home of cricket, and cash-in on a track better suited for batting in Yorkshire.

"I don't think we can read too much into the batting performance at Lords - it was a wicket that did plenty and I fully expect one or two of the players to get stuck in and make some big runs in the second test," he told GiveMeSport in an exclusive interview at Wentworth.

The former Middlesex-man is also predicting a win for England in the second test, believing confidence will be low in the opposition camp following their dismal effort in the second innings at Lords.

"You can never say it's going to be easy in a test match, but confidence wise New Zealand will be feeling very sorry for themselves after the way they capitulated," he added

"England will feel very satisfied that they came through under a little bit of pressure."

Strauss, who was speaking after his round in the pro-am at the BMW-PGA Championship, also admitted that there was a hint of jealousy when the players went out for their latest international match.

The 36-year-old has been retired for almost a year, but whilst he missed the action itself, he did not miss all the added extras that came with being a cricketer for England.

"I had a pang of jealousy when the guys went out for the first test against New Zealand at Lords, such a familiar ground to me, but I don't miss everything that goes with it," Strauss concluded

"The traveling, the being away, the practice - it is a hard life when your playing."

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