Strauss: Legal action still possible
Andrew Strauss says the possibility of legal action against Ijaz Butt over his accusations of match-fixing was no idle threat.
Butt astounded millions when he claimed that England players might have deliberately lost the third one day international match at the Oval on purpose in return for "enormous amounts of money".
After England had also lost the fourth match by 38 runs at Lord's, Strauss was asked if legal recourse was still on his mind, and said: "Absolutely, we are going to explore every avenue available to us to make sure our names aren't sullied in this manner."
England Cricket Board chief David Collier echoed Strauss, saying that he expected an apology for the comments.
"We are looking for an apology. If it does not come we'll look at other options.
"Clearly we will seek advice but there are quite strong laws of defamation. You can't impugn someone's integrity without having proper evidence.
"To date I can say that we have received zero evidence of anything having influenced any England player."
Strauss said he did not feel the need to ask any of his players to confirm what he already knew, namely that there was no substance to Butt's remarks.
He added, however, that he had no choice but to respond to claims which came from such high office.
"It was the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board coming out with these allegations and we as a group of players felt strongly that we should respond, given that they were directed to us," Strauss said.
Strauss was heartened that despite an ominous pre-match bust-up between England's Jonathan Trott and Pakistan's Wahab Riaz the match was played in good spirit.
"I think both sides understood their responsibilities to put on a good, clean game of cricket," he said.
"Any potential area where things might have developed, we were all very keen to calm things down very quickly. I've got to give a lot of credit to the players from both sides for doing that.
"It's just a fact of life, with a lot of emotion flying around things can get out of hand and I'm very proud of the fact that didn't happen."