Strauss: We went down fighting

England’s bid to grab a dramatic Fifth Test triumph ended in total frustration.

They were just a whisker away from winning as the West Indies clung on to take the series 1-0.

England skipper Andrew Strauss said: ‘It’s frustrating but I’m proud of the way the team played.

‘To get them eight down on a very flat wicket was a superb effort from our bowlers – who were very tired at the end of a long series.’

The Windies, chasing a target of 240 in Port of Spain, were 114-8 at the close.

It was a near-carbon copy of the Third Test in Antigua last month, when England were just one wicket away from victory.

Strauss was forced to reflect that England’s collapse to 51 all out in their second innings of the First Test in Jamaica cost them the series.

He explained: ‘We played badly in that session, weren’t switched on and were put under pressure.

‘We can’t afford to be on the receiving end of that sort of thing again.

‘We were very low after Jamaica but the way we came back has shown a lot of character. We played good cricket in the last three Tests.

‘The fact that we couldn’t force a result is disappointing but I can’t fault the effort.’

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