England romped to a nine-wicket win over West Indies on Tuesday, chasing down a measly target of 108 after dismissing the West Indies for a lowly 165 in the second innings at Trent Bridge. Captain Andrew Strauss put in yet another solid performance alongside Alastair Cook, with the pair scoring 45 and 43 respectively to guide England to victory.
Strauss however believes that England (4/11 To Win Third Test) could have won in more convincing fashion were they a "bit more clinical". Speaking to Sky Sports, Strauss commented: "We've had match-winning positions where we could have really finished the games earlier than we have. But being made to work hard, it makes it feel pretty good when you actually get over the line. But being made to work hard, it makes it feel pretty good when you actually get over the line."
Strauss was in all likelihood referring to the first-innings stand between Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy that saw the pair both put on centuries in a partnership started when their side were 133-6. The captain added: "We'd gotten ourselves in position where we felt where we could really take this game by the scruff of the neck but all credit to the West Indies (9/1 To Win Third Test), they came back at us there. We're just delighted to have won it, it's been a hot, hard four days, there's been some good performances from the lads and it's a well-earned victory (11/4 Draw In Third Test)."
The expectation is that now the series is tied up, England will be able to rest some of their top players for the third Test, with Tests coming up against South Africa and Australia over the summer.