England v India, Champions Trophy, final, Edgbaston June 21, 2013

England have 'proved people wrong' - Trott


Jonathan Trott believes England have "proved a few people wrong" about their approach to one-day cricket by reaching the Champions Trophy final and putting themselves within one win of their first piece of 50-over global silverware.

Throughout this tournament, especially after the defeat to Sri Lanka at The Oval which left them needing to win every subsequent match, England's tactics have been picked apart. The chief area for debate has been the top-order, of which Trott is a crucial part, and whether they score at the tempo required in modern one-day cricket.

Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler have had lean tournaments with the bat - although Ravi Bopara has provided late impetus - but England have rigidly stuck to their formula and order, even in the 24-over contest against New Zealand, which was win or bust for them.

In that game they were led by Alastair Cook's 47-ball 64 and Trott says that the rest of the team feed off the example laid down by their captain, who is leading in a global event for the first time, and that they have the utmost belief in how they approach the game.

"A lot of people were a bit sceptical," Trott said. "But this team has proved a few people wrong with regards to their takes on the game of cricket and how it should be played.

"He's a really good leader and he's always got the backing of the changing room, for whatever he decides is the direction of this team. He's fully in charge, with Andy Flower and Ashley Giles, and the guys are always following him."

There has been plenty for Cook to deal with during this tournament, from the fallout of David Warner's punch at Joe Root in a Birmingham bar to the accusations of ball-tampering, which started to fly around after the defeat to Sri Lanka. Trott, though, said Cook had taken everything in his stride as he has since making his England debut in 2006.

"He got brought in and played straightaway as opening batsman and captain, from not having played," he said. "A lesser person could have maybe buckled under the pressure. We've seen how he handles pressure, going to India for his first tour as Test captain and winning there - and now this."

There is added significance for Trott with the final being staged at his home ground of Edgbaston - the same applies to Ian Bell, Chris Woakes (who has not featured during the tournament) and the coach Ashley Giles, who was previously in charge at Warwickshire - and the prospect of a defining match in England's history at a place he knows so well had long been in Trott's sights.

"You always have a little cheeky sneak at the fixtures, and where the final is going to be played, and I was very excited about getting here - and it's happened. For me personally, I'm very excited. The guys are looking to seize the opportunity. They don't come around very often."

The most recent major final England played in was the 2010 World Twenty20 in Barbados where they beat Australia to claim their only piece of global silverware. From that team there could be four players appear in this match, although it could be as few as two.

The management will have to make a decision whether to stick with the same bowling that demolished South Africa. Steven Finn played his first match of the tournament, claiming the vital wicket of Hashim Amla, while James Tredwell continued to deputise superbly for Graeme Swann and earned the Man-of-the-Match award.

Tredwell could earn a place in the team by right, regardless of Swann's fitness, but on a ground where the surface can encourage reverse swing Bresnan, now a father after the birth of Max Geoffrey, is slight favourite to be preferred over Finn.

If you ask any of those involved in staging or promoting the Champions Trophy, England versus India is probably the final they will have dreamt of. Home side pitted against the powerhouse of world cricket.

What they won't have dreamt of is the less-than-ideal forecast for Sunday which currently predicts rain of varying heaviness throughout the day. Even for the final there is no reserve day. In 2002 the trophy was shared when India and Sri Lanka could not complete a match even with two days at their disposal because the match had to restart on the second day.

England trained at Edgbaston on Friday but India opted for a day off following their victory against Sri Lanka.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Indian on June 24, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Only matches meaningless to most of the cricketing world (like ashes etc) are fit to be staged in England... anything more serious should be hosted in places where it does not rain 12 months a year.

  • Vinod on June 23, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    2 years after WC 1983 India went on to win the 1985 B&H World series, India won every match of the tournament. Except the finals, they had bowled out their opponents in every match. New opener Ravi Shastri was a revelation and won the Man of the Series. Do we see History repeating itself today (India may not have bowled out their opponents in all the matches but were very close to that) . My feel is YES.

  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    @Jose sir you can give reasons for SL defeat but india are playing at their best.if england were instead of SL they would have tasted defeat not success.Toss is no matter for Dhoni. He rarely gets it right. Ex : WC 2011 final

  • prasad on June 23, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    England will win the cup because they can trouble overrated indian top order easily. Toss will play a big part in the game like in the semi final

  • John on June 22, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    @sandy7823 on (June 22, 2013, 13:13 GMT) What is the point in posting all these facts and figures? This is a one off game in what is supposed to be a gentleman's sport. Do you want me to start reminding you of how things finished up for India in the last Asia cup , or the last trilateral tournament in Australia? Come on man - please have some respect for the game

  • John on June 22, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    @GRVJPR on (June 22, 2013, 10:03 GMT) It's just a game and yes it will be an upset if Eng win , but my post was about people making excuses and you've just proved me to be spot on

  • John on June 22, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - I see you've got your excuses re the rain ready - just in case it all goes wrong tomorrow AVS is giving you the facts. Not one is untrue. I'm a sensible England fan (a sensible fan is one who can see the flaws as well as the positives) and I'd say that India start as big favourites and India definitely are the better big tournament side. And yes I agree with you that they are not the best at defending totals on batting friendly pitches or even setting big totals on such pitches. But their results home and away in the last 18 months have been good. Since losing 5-0 to India at end of 2011 we have only lost 2 series , both by a single match. In India we won only lost 3-2. I guess it's how you define the word par. I'd always equate it with average and if England are playing all teams and winning more matches then they're losing that is surely above par - no?

  • Jason on June 22, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    @Ctp.Meanster, most fans know engand arnt that good travelling however look at the stats of England and india against major teams (exc Bangladesh & Zimbabwe), theres a curious pattern.

    Both teams are about on par at home against those teams, with England performing better in Pakistan, Aus, NZ and SA than India, but India doing better in WI, and SL.

    It should also be noted that India does better in England than England does in India.

    Overall though England and India have very similar W/L ratios, of about .86 and .88 against the teams mentioned. This shows that the teams are pretty evenly matched overall so it should be a good final.

  • Jay on June 22, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    England actually have proved many people right - in England when conditions are damp then England are a force. It has NOT proven the fact that simply on normal conditions ( sun, warmth ) England are probably in the lower half - they would be lower if not for their bowling.

    To be frank the whole tournament is disappointing. India being the only team having shown some degree of consistency the others have let themselves and travelling fans down.

    With the weather as it is in England and more the fact it seems to be a growing trend of continual disruption dare I say England should not be a location of international tournaments of this stature - nothing kills the game's image than regular disruptions due to bad weather.

  • vijay on June 22, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    @jose sir you have given 8 reasons why SL lost . Isnt it a simple fact that any team which losses will always have such multiple excuses.In such a scenario winning team should not be given any credit??.Accept the fact that India on the day were better team .hope you remember that WI struggled to get 171 and NZ huffed and puffed to get 139 whereas India chased comfortably We are proud of India in finals and may the best team win.

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