Trott targets immediate response
Jonathan Trott is impatient to get back in the middle and help right the wrongs of England’s first-Test defeat against India.
The tourists suffered a nine-wicket loss in Ahmedabad on Monday, despite Alastair Cook’s brave second-innings 176 and 91 from Matt Prior.
Trott is thankful there are only three days between that disappointment, at the start of the four-match series, and the second Test - which is due to get under way at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Friday.
“You wouldn’t want a week or eight days mulling over the game; you want to get back out there batting and crack on,” said England’s number three, who registered scores of nought and 17 at the Sardar Patel Stadium.
“Travelling to Kolkata 1-1 (for the third Test) would be great. We understand the challenge for us in these three games, but we know we can do it.”
Trott believes he and his fellow batsmen can learn from their captain’s show of defiance in the series opener.
Cook survived for more than nine hours in England’s second dig and demonstrated the value of playing to one's own strengths.
“Everyone is individual,” said Trott.
“But what you can take from him is his determination and stubbornness, to say - ’This is how I play; this is how I’m going to do it; I’m not going to try to change; this is going to work for me, and this is how it’s going to happen’.
“It did ... and set the standard for what we as batsmen want to be able to do.
“I certainly want to do that. Every single one (of us) from one to nine wants to be able to do that.
“The crux of the matter is we’re 1-0 down, and we’ve got to play a lot better on Friday.”
England’s batting line-up will be disrupted by one enforced change this week, with Ian Bell temporarily back at home following the birth of his first child on Monday.
There could also be alterations to the bowling department, on a pitch Trott expects will give everyone a chance to excel.
“There is a little bit more bounce,” he said.
“Ahmedabad was quite low and slow. We hope our seam bowlers can exploit that, a little bit more bounce for spin and seam - and obviously a little bit more turn as well.”