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Strauss says third test not in doubt despite riots

England captain Andrew Strauss has been given no indication that the third test against India will not go...

England's Andrew Strauss bats during their first One Day International cricket match against Pakistan. Picture: AFP.

<country-region w:st="on">England</country-region> captain Andrew Strauss has been given no indication that the third test against <country-region w:st="on">India</country-region> will not go ahead as scheduled in <place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Birmingham on Wednesday despite inner city rioting and looting.

The violence started in the north <city w:st="on">London suburb of Tottenham on Saturday and spread to the midlands city of <city w:st="on">Birmingham, Liverpool and <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Bristol. <country-region w:st="on">England</country-region>'s friendly soccer international against the <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Netherlands</country-region> at Wembley on Wednesday has been called off.

"A few of the guys were out earlier yesterday but we got advice from our security manager to come back to the hotel as there were disturbances in the city centre. Players have been advised to stay in the hotel for now," Strauss told a news conference on Tuesday.

"We have not been given any indication that the match is not going to go ahead. There are bigger things going on in the country at the moment but to say it's affected us would be wrong.

"Our security manager is there for a reason and he has to decide if it is safe for us to play cricket and at the moment he says it's 100 percent safe. We don't feel unsafe."

Strauss said the match at Edgbaston was an opportunity for cricket to put a feelgood factor back into the news pages. <country-region w:st="on">England</country-region>, who can overtake <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">India</country-region> at the top of the world rankings if they win the four-test series by a two-match margin, won the first two games easily.

"Clearly, it's not our proudest moment as a country. When you watch those things on the TV it's horrific but they haven't affected our preparations for this test match," he said.