Trott building back to power
Jonathan Trott believes he has done all he can to book his place in England’s side for the first Test against Bangladesh, but admits he is not sure where he might be asked to bat.
The 28-year-old put the disappointment of being edged out of the limited-overs side behind him to strike 101 before retiring on day two of the warm-up match against Bangladesh A in Chittagong.
His efforts helped England to 281 for seven declared, before off-spinner James Tredwell struck twice in the hosts’ 131 for three, a lead of 52 by the close.
It was a decisive statement from Trott on his first knock since arriving in the country.
“I’m pretty pleased with how it went,” said the Warwickshire batsman.
“It was important for me to stay positive and to make the best of my chance when it came, which I feel as though I’ve done.
“It was a pretty good pitch but it was difficult this morning - a bit overcast, quite testing.
“Every chance you get for England is a good opportunity and one you need to take. I definitely feel I’ve given myself the best chance going into the Test.
“With a little more work in the nets, I think I can hopefully reach top form for that match.”
Michael Carberry was chosen as batting cover when Andrew Strauss opted out of the trip and, as a left-handed opener, is a like-for-like replacement for the resting captain.
But, with competition for places strong, Trott has emerged as a potential first-timer at the top of the order.
“I don’t know too much about that,” he said.
“No-one’s said anything, we’ve only really talked about this match, but, any opportunity, whether it’s batting three (or opening), is good.
“Yesterday I came in in the second over so it’s a similar thing to opening. It’s one of those things you just have to adjust to.”
Trott burst onto the Test scene in the most dazzling of fashions, with an Ashes-winning century on debut at the Brit Oval, but endured a comparatively lean time in the South Africa Test series before ceding his ODI place to Craig Kieswetter on this tour.
“I did well in the one-dayers in South Africa and it was really good to win that series but, unfortunately, we drew the Test series and I didn’t finish the way I would have liked to,” Trott said.
“I feel I had a pretty good tour in retrospect but it’s important to keep improving as a player in what is an ever-improving England side. That’s the goal.
“I want to be able to contribute to a successful England side. Long tours are valuable experience, learning how to perform for the full tour.
“That is something I’ll look back on and use to my advantage, hopefully for a long time, to help the side.”
England resume in the field tomorrow looking for seven quick wickets and a modest chase if they are to secure victory against the team led by Mohammad Ashraful.
Meanwhile, Tredwell, who took his seventh and eighth wickets today, should get plenty of bowling time to wrap up a 10-wicket haul.
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