Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Strauss: The Ashes Pressue is More Intense

England Test batsman Andrew Strauss believes that despite the riches on offer in the forthcoming Stanford Super Series, nothing can match the Ashes when it comes to pressure.
Strauss is not part of the England squad that will play for US dollars one million a man against the Stanford Superstars on November 1. However, he will be travelling to Antigua with Twenty20 Cup champions Middlesex, who face England, the Stanford Superstars and Trinidad and Tobago in the tournament.
"A year ago these riches would have been beyond these players' dreams. It is a step in a big 12 months culminating in the Ashes," Strauss told The Sun. "But I would say I'd be surprised if the pressure out there would be as intense as for that series."
He added: "Money is a big factor but I don't know anyone who plays solely for money.
"So no-one can say it is bigger than an Ashes Test match."