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Jul 8, 2010

Ashes no excuse for World Cup flop, says Strauss

England Skipper Andrew Strauss has insisted blaming a poor performance at next year's World Cup in Asia on the prior Ashes tour of Australia won't wash as an excuse for failure.

No England team has won the World Cup, cricket's leader one-day trophy and many pundits believe they are unlikely to break their duck so long as they continue to head to the tournament on the back of an Ashes tour of Australia, where they haven't won a Test series since 1986/87.

But Australia has won the last three World Cups(1999, 2003, 2007), all after Ashes series albeit they were home campaigns for the Aussies.

Strauss, speaking to reporters at Trent Bridge here on Wednesday, where the 1st one-day international between England and Bangladesh takes place on Thursday, said moaning about the schedule was a waste of time.

"It is what it is and it didn't stop Australia winning the last World Cup," Strauss said.

"There's no reason why you can't go from a busy Ashes series and then win the World Cup.

"What you want in that Ashes series is for you to win and be full of confidence and have that under your belt before you go to the World Cup; that would be the perfect way to go in to a World Cup."

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