Trott out of last ODI
Jonathan Trott has been ruled out of tomorrow’s NatWest Series finale at Trent Bridge by a hand injury sustained in the previous one-day international at Lord’s.
The England number three batsman was already a doubt for the game despite the favourable result of an x-ray on his injured right hand yesterday - when Jos Buttler was called up as cover.
The right-handed Trott suffered the injury from a ball bowled by Dale Steyn towards the beginning of his 48 in Sunday’s six-wicket win that put the hosts 2-1 up.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter spoke to the media today before Trott was ruled out and was open to that eventuality moving him from the number six spot he has occupied of late.
“We haven’t discussed changes to the batting order just yet,” he said. “There is obviously cover coming in, but wherever Alastair or Andy Flower want me to bat I’ll be happy with that. I will just be happy with anywhere in the 11.”
The first completed game of the series was unfortunate for Kieswetter, who dropped Hashim Amla on 42 and 92 as the opening batsman racked up 150 in an 80-run win at the Ageas Bowl.
Since then England won at the Kia Oval and Lord’s, Kieswetter completing victory in the latter with six off Steyn.
“It was obviously not great in Southampton - but to turn it around over the weekend I’m quite proud of that,” said Kieswetter, who set a new England ODI record with three stumpings among his five victims at Lord’s.
“You have to go back to the basics and forget about it. It’s a lot easier said than done, but comes with experience. In my younger days if I’d performed badly it would cut me up for a few days.
“The most important thing was to put in a better performance at the Oval. I’ve taken that into Lord’s, and forgotten about Southampton.”
England turning the series around saw them return to the top of the International Cricket Council rankings where they will stay at least until January when they next play an ODI after tomorrow.
“We have just gone back to basics,” Kieswetter said. “We went to the blueprint that we know works. It has been working all summer.
“We didn’t play as well as we could at the Ageas Bowl but since then we have showed good character to turn it around.
“It is equally important to win this series as it is with any series. It is all just about improving as a side and continuing that momentum.”
England team director Flower was not at Trent Bridge today and will be absent for tomorrow’s match too.
Flower is taking a short break to spend some time with his family before England play three NatWest International T20s against South Africa and then fly to Sri Lanka to defend the World Twenty20 title.
England fielding coach Richard Halsall is deputising for Flower in Nottingham.