19 May 2009

Stauss sends out warning to England team despite comfortable Windies win

5:15 pm on 19 May 2009

England cricket captain Andrew Strauss has warned his side to expect "a very stern test" when they face Australia in this year's Ashes, following their series trouncing of the West Indies.

Strauss's side proved far too strong in home conditions for their opponents from the Caribbean and won the second of this two-Test campaign by an innings and 83 runs in Durham.

That gave England the series 2-0 after they'd won the first Test at Lord's by a crushing 10 wickets and saw them regain the Wisden Trophy they'd lost earlier this year in the Caribbean after a 1-0 reverse in a five-match series.

The West Indies were only in England at this time of the season after Sri Lanka, England's scheduled opponents, pulled out because of their players' commitments in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Chris Gayle, the West Indies' captain who was criticised for turning up at Lord's two days before the first Test following a stint in the lucrative Twenty20 IPL tournament in South Africa, said he hoped his side could bounce back in the upcoming three one-dayers against England.

That series starts at Headingley on Thursday.