Strauss wants 3-1 series win

ENGLAND captain Andrew Strauss is hoping the rain holds off so his team can seal a historic triumph over South Africa in style today.<br /><br />With a 2-1 lead heading into the final match, even a washout would see England become only the second side to beat the Proteas in a one-day series on their own soil.<br /><br />But Strauss would prefer to clinch an impressive success on his own terms, by beating Graeme Smith&rsquo;s men for a third time.<br /><br />&ldquo;We really want to come and win this series 3-1,&rdquo; said Strauss, who is poised to win his 100th one-day cap. &ldquo;When you start thinking about rain and things like that, it is going to affect your preparation.&rdquo;<br /><br />The Kingsmead surface has been soaked repeatedly this week but Strauss has warned his charges that they should expect to play.<br /><br />&ldquo;Often in these sorts of circumstances, you get some sort of game in &ndash; even if it&rsquo;s not the full 50 overs,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re fully expecting to play tomorrow, and if we do we will make sure we&rsquo;re at the races and put South Africa under pressure again.&rdquo;<br /><br />England are set to have a full-strength squad at their disposal, with fast-bowler James Anderson set to shake off a knee injury.<br /><br />Smith, who is desperate for his side to level the series, said: &ldquo;We need to push England to perform under pressure. Disappointingly we haven&rsquo;t done that so far.&rdquo;