Published: 12:04 30/07/2012
England are 9/4 to win the second Test at Headingley and captain Andrew Strauss is backing his side to recover from the heavy defeat against South Africa in the first test.
Strauss knows his side have been in this position before and has said they can bounce back from their innings defeat at The Kia Oval for the second match of the three-Test series this week.
England’s bowling attack could manage only two wickets as South Africa amassed 637 for 2 in the first Test and the batsman failed respond when bowled out twice on a flat wicket. The skipper doesn’t believe one bad game will dent his side’s confidence having climbed to the top of the world rankings with series wins against Australia twice, India and West Indies.
"Our attack has taken 20 wickets in almost every game during the last two years and one game shouldn't dent their confidence too much," said Strauss.
"We need to draw on our reserves of confidence. The batsmen made mistakes that we need to be sharper on, but I have every confidence that we can come back stronger.
"We have done it before and we'll do it again."
In the 1998 series against South Africa, England were one down with two to play and won the series 2-1 at the final test at Headingley. This year’s second Test is played at the Yorkshire County ground from 2nd August where Paddy Power is among a number of bookmakers offering 9/4 for England to level the series.
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In the first test, Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad all had their stumps knocked out by South Africa’s potent bowling attack.
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