Trott pinpoints Prior partnership

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“The way Matty Prior came in, the way he set the tempo, we had a good partnership of over 100," centurion Jonathan Trott reflected

Match-winner Jonathan Trott cited his century stand with Matt Prior as key to England’s first victory in the Commonwealth Bank Series.

Trott and Prior put on 113 for the second wicket in Adelaide to underpin a total of 299 for eight - the tourists’ highest one-day total Down Under.

Although Australia came within 21 runs of that, England’s win was comfortable thanks to regular wickets throughout the hosts’ innings. The result keeps the seven-match series alive, reducing the arrears to 3-1.

Trott, who followed up an unbeaten 84 in Sydney on Sunday with 102 today and chipped in with his first ODI wickets, praised the contribution of Prior, whose 67 from 58 balls followed two ducks since returning to the side.

“The way Matty Prior came in, the way he set the tempo, we had a good partnership of over 100,” he said. We’d spoken about getting a big partnership together before the game so that was really good.”

"With the way Matt Prior was going, for me it was just knocking it around and picking up the odd boundary when it came around - he always made it easier for me.

"When we lost the three wickets it was important that we didn't have what happened in Sydney with a progression of wickets. It was important that I hung around.”

Trott’s innings occupied 126 deliveries and featured six fours, double the number he struck on Sunday. The right-hander revealed he has been practising ways to find the rope more regularly.

“It’s something I’ve been working on really hard with Andy Flower and Graham Gooch, to an extent,” he added.

Cameron White & Jonathan Trott

Trott, whose seven overs of medium pace yielded 2-31, said: "If I could bowl like Colly has in this tour then definitely I can help the side"

“It’s important to be able to have those options and you want to execute it as well as you can, but also not jeopardise and put the team in a bad position.

“So there’s always a fine line but we’re backing ourselves and I think we all as a batting unit have done that this game and will hopefully continue to do so.”

Trott also rotated the strike effectively, which he believes comes from experience but with room for improvement yet.

“It’s something to keep an eye on although I’ve played a lot of county cricket,” he said. “But you’re always learning all the time in this game but keeping the basics and doing them really well is key and I was happy I was able to do that.

“I was a little disappointed to get out just before the powerplay but that's something we can analyse and hopefully it won’t happen again.”

Trott’s self-confessed "bits-and-pieces bowling" accounted for David Hussey and Cameron White, to catches at long-off and long-on respectively, two players the medium-pacer was pleased to see the back of.

“When you’re bowling at two guys who have got the ability to hit it miles it’s quite worrying, but the guys took some good catches when the pressure was on a little bit,” he added.

Trott, who finished with 2-31 from seven overs, hopes he can play a similar all-round role to Paul Collingwood, whose seven overs yielded 1-22.

"Obviously I'm in the team to get hundreds. I was very happy to do that and set up a very good total," he said. "But when called upon to bowl it is always nice to contribute as well.

"I know how cricket can be, it can be a nice game and it can be a horrible game sometimes. I've had a chat with (fast bowling coach) David Saker and we're going to work hard at that.

"If I could bowl like Colly has in this tour then definitely I can help the side."

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