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Jonathan Trott

Jonathan Trott insists England are more than capable of bouncing back from defeat to Ireland by winning their next three games

England still have a “huge chance” to qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Cup, according to Jonathan Trott.

He admits defeat to Ireland on Wednesday served as a stark reminder of the threat posed by every side in Group B, although Sunday’s meeting with unbeaten South Africa promises to be an even tougher assignment.

England could feasibly reach the last eight if they win one more match and other results go their way, while two wins from three games would, in all likelihood, secure their safe passage.

Trott, however, insists victory in all of their remaining group encounters - the others are against West Indies and Bangladesh - is eminently achievable.

“You have to realise we are in a World Cup, three games to go - it is not all doom and gloom,” he said.

“We have three very winnable games ahead of us, and a huge chance to qualify for the quarters and to peak at the right time and towards the important time.

“Obviously the Test-playing nations you are expected to have good battles against, and win all the others, so to lose against a team like Ireland, who played really well towards the end of their innings, was very unexpected but a good wake-up call for the team.

“We now know what lies ahead of us and the job in hand and what we have to do to be able to progress.”

Having seen his side surrender a seemingly impregnable position against Ireland, who recovered from 111 for five to chase 328 for victory in Bangalore, England captain Andrew Strauss promised some straight talking.

Jonathan Trott & Niall O'Brien

The praise for Trott's superb 92 was drowned out by Kevin O'Brien's astonishing 113 off 63 balls in Ireland's successful Bangalore chase

But Trott reported that the discussion was not so much full-on soul-searching, rather a constructive reminder of what it takes to win at this level.

He revealed: “We’ve just had a few things on - guys having a think about their own performances and their own roles in the team and having a think about what they need to do to contribute to the team being successful and to be successful themselves.

“It is making sure you have nailed on your job and your role when it comes down to performing - guys standing up when they need to be counted and getting on with the job.

“We can’t look too much at the game we have just lost. It would be foolish if we looked backwards. We want to go forwards in this competition, and it starts on Sunday with South Africa.”

Trott has watched from afar as South Africa, the country of his birth, won their opening two games in convincing fashion.

They beat West Indies by nine wickets before administering a crushing 231-run win on the Netherlands yesterday, which saw AB de Villiers hit a second successive century and leg-spinner Imran Tahir take his wicket tally to seven.

“They are obviously a well-drilled side,” said Trott, whose fine 92 against Ireland was largely forgotten in the wake of Kevin O’Brien’s brutal match-winning 113 off 63 balls.

“With Imran Tahir now in the team, they have a few more options in the spin department and they seem to have a few powerful batters as well.

“They are a good all-round team but definitely on the day of the week we hit our straps we can compete - and they are very beatable.”

England’s return to training today, after a travel day, was extended to two hours rather than the one initially planned, although Kevin Pietersen sat out fielding practice at the MA Chidambaram Stadium with a sore calf.

The minor groin and knee injuries that are affecting Graeme Swann and Paul Collingwood respectively are not expected to prevent their participation at the weekend.

Stuart Broad, James Tredwell, Tim Bresnan & Andrew Strauss

Stuart Broad, James Tredwell, Tim Bresnan and Andrew Strauss line up for catching practice during an extended training session

“We had a good blow-out and put to rest our disappointment with the way we fielded against Ireland,” Trott said, before issuing a blueprint for success when they return to action.

“We have got to play 100 overs of good cricket, especially in today’s climate and how quickly games can change, how quickly people can take the game away from you on these flat wickets. We have got to be on the ball all the time.”

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