Trott tips England to respond
England know they urgently need to pull off one of their trademark tricks by immediately bouncing back from defeat to stay alive in their three-Test series against Pakistan.
Andrew Strauss’ team were back in the International Cricket Council’s Global Cricket Academy nets this morning, after a day off yesterday, and will be on the road tomorrow for the second Test in Abu Dhabi starting on Wednesday.
They should, of course, still have been playing the first match at the adjacent Dubai International Cricket Stadium - not just yesterday but today. Sadly for them, that contest was lost by 10 wickets inside three days.
However, Jonathan Trott is optimistic that England can make an instant response to adversity, as they have done several times previously during their ascent to the top of the ICC Test rankings.
“Being a part of this England team for two or three years, we’ve had a few losses and we’ve managed to bounce back in the following game,” said Trott.
“We hope we can do that again - and being close-knit and playing well together and knowing each other’s games so well, it’s just a matter of time for us to get back to winning ways.
“We obviously had a bad game at Perth (on the way to Ashes glory last winter) - pretty similar to this - and we came back and all know what happened in Melbourne. So I don’t think it’s doom and gloom.”
England were unable to pass 200 in each of their two innings in Dubai, on a relatively benign surface expected to yield substantial scores.
“Whenever you go into the first Test and don’t score big in the first innings, you’re going to put your bowlers and yourself under pressure,” added Trott.
“But that happened, and we’re looking to rectify it in the second game.
“It was really good and really important (in practice) to move on from the last match. The guys have done that, and really thrown themselves into nets.”
Trott is also confident England have the talent to deal with Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, their chief tormentor in the series-opener with match figures of 10-97.
“We’ve played against his bowling before and been pretty successful,” he said.
“Everyone in the team has their own way of playing him. It has been effective in the past, and will be in the future.
“It’s a matter of us honing that, and not getting too caught up in the result.”
Team director Andy Flower and captain Andrew Strauss have both spoken, in the aftermath of England’s unexpectedly heavy defeat, of the difficulty of facing Ajmal when a batsman first reaches the crease.
But Trott makes it clear he does not mind who is bowling, pace or spin, at the start of his innings.
“I think if you have a preference, you’re going to get found out pretty quickly,” he said.
“It’s a great test for us as individuals, and as a team. I think there is no doubt we have the ability to win here and in the sub-continent, and the next two matches should be really exciting.”