Strauss gears up for a major Australian test
Strauss is too canny to spend the eve of a tough five-match series at home to the team top of the world rankings publicly trumpeting England's new world-beating formula.
Instead he stressed that even an Australia team missing several high-profile players through injury – including Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson – will represent a major test for England.
"If you look at the way Australia have played one-day cricket over the last 12 months they are the team to beat," he said."
I think we understand the size of the job in front of us but we're a pretty confident unit ourselves. It's going to be a good gauge of where both sides are at for the World Cup."
Australia's most striking shortfall is in a pace attack led by Ryan Harris and Doug Bollinger, and Strauss' new opening partnership with World Twenty20 star Craig Kieswetter should provide a significant examination of Australia's new-ball capabilities,