England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day July 30, 2011

England hopeful of Trott's fitness

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England are hopeful that Jonathan Trott will be able to play a part in their second innings at Trent Bridge even though the batsman left the ground in a sling following a nasty injury at mid-off.

Trott dived to stop a drive from Rahul Dravid in the 48th over of the innings and it was immediately clear he was in trouble as he stayed on the ground and team-mates called for the physio. Initially it appeared it may have been a dislocation, but he made his own way off.

Subsequent scans at hospital showed no bone damage and a decision will be taken in the morning whether he bats although it's unlikely to be in the top order.

"It was quite an awkward one," Stuart Broad said. "He dived for the ball and his shoulder got caught in the turf and the momentum of his body went over on it. He was in quite a bit of pain, he's been for a scan and I don't think it's shown any major structural damage it's just very sore.

"Hopefully he'll sleep well and pull up okay, but I can't imagine him batting in the top six he'll probably need a bit of time. Hopefully he can play a part tomorrow or the next day."

In Trott's absence Ian Bell came in at No. 3 on the second evening after Alastair Cook fell cheaply and survived to the close alongside Andrew Strauss. However, England will need all their batting resources as they aim to overhaul India's lead of 67 and set a testing fourth-innings target. Graeme Swann is also carrying an injury on his left hand after being struck on the opening day by Praveen Kumar and didn't field in his normal position at slip.

"We are fighting hard in this Test and it will be a massive day tomorrow," Broad said. "We need to bat big and one guy needs to get a big hundred then we are right in the game because bowling last on that wicket could be an advantage for us."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on July 31, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    rahul is better than sachin,rahul performs on a seeming wickets while sachine can only play on daed wickets

  • SDHM on July 31, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    With a break in between this test and the next you'd back him to be it for Edgbaston, but assuming the worst and he can't play, who would you bring in for him? I'd shift Bell up to three and bring in James Hildreth at five personally, but Bopara, Patel and Taylor would all be good calls!

  • zxaar on July 31, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    @chilled_avenger you got to tell all this to Dravid lovers who say that Dravid is better overseas player than Tendulkar DESPITE the fact that Tendulkar is the ONLY player to average 40+ every where. Dravid was horrible in SA against quality bowling and swinging pitches.

  • TopC on July 31, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Unless they have a brain explosion, I'm still backing ENGLAND to WIN this test!!

  • dummy4fb on July 31, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Nadee Dias, I agree with you 100%. Rahul is a class apart from the rest of the Indian batsmen at the moment.

  • dummy4fb on July 31, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    with compare to tendulker and Dravid their career records are very slimier,only thing is tedulker is flat wicket master and god of Indians,but real hero is Dravid,who is silent assign,he is a one of master batsman of all time test cricket,he is still proving about that.he can play any condition and he play when the team is in trouble,but very hard to see tendulkar play like that.

  • chilled_avenger on July 31, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    @Zxaar You mean Dravid is lesser than the same Sehwag who averages barely 39 outside Asia compared to Dravid's average of 56 outside the Subcontinent! Being a great batsman is different thing,and being a flat-track bully completely other.And we all know who is the Great one among Dravid and Sehwag! Laxman too is a good batsman but unfortunately he is far less consistent than Dravid and has a strange inability to convert useful 50s to important 100s! So I don't see how Dravid is not as good as these two! Now coming on to the topic,though I am an Indian fan,I feel sorry for Trott because he is a very talented batsman and his importance to England is hard not to notice.I hope he at least gets to bat in the 2nd innings!

  • demon_bowler on July 31, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Even if England lose, they won't whine over injuries to Trott and Swann or the absence of Tremlett. I expect the other players to rise to the occasion, as they did recently in Adelaide and Cardiff when beset with similar ill fortune.

  • johnathonjosephs on July 31, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    LOL you guys should of seen Trott. After he got injured he started screaming and his teammates huddle around him. I think he then started crying and when he was leaving the field and the camera was on him, he tilted his hat downwards and walked with his head down so nobody could see the tears Didn't look like it was that big of an injury.... then again, he looks like his body his old

  • dummy4fb on July 31, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    It is unfortunate but the good thing is that he has not broken the bone or dislocate the shoulder. So, I assume that batting will not be that tough for him to do. India gave away the advantage yesterday and now the key point in the match is that can England bat better in second innings with their long batting order. If not India will again get the advantage.

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