India v England, 4th ODI, Mumbai October 22, 2011

Our basics not up to scratch - Trott

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England batsman Jonathan Trott has said that his team have not managed to get their basics right so far in the ODI series against India. The visitors, he said, have lost key moments in the games so far, contributing to the 3-0 scoreline.

"I just think we haven't played as well as we did in England. Our basics haven't been up to scratch. Things like big partnerships, fielding …" Trott told PTI on the eve of the fourth ODI in Mumbai. "I think India have played well. They will admit they've played a lot better than what they did in the summer. But there are two games to go and a good performance in those games would give us a spring while going back.

"I can't pinpoint the exact reason [for England's losses]. I think we lost key periods of the games or India played well in the key periods of the games."

Trott made an unbeaten 98 off 116 balls in the third ODI in Mohali, the main contributor in England's total of 298. India, though, chased down the target with four balls and five wickets to spare. Trott said it was an improved performance by England, but it would have helped if he and Ravi Bopara had made better use of the batting Powerplay. "I think we played well the other night. Got a good total - I think 298 the other night is among England's highest scores in India - but just could not get across the line.

"I think Ravi and I could have pushed it a little bit. I think Ravi got out in the third Powerplay. So when we lose wickets, it puts the brakes on. Historically, we haven't done well in Powerplays. We would be looking to do that right."

The spotlight has been on England's on-field conduct - throughout the series the players have been agitated in the field - but Trott played down the issue. "Whichever XI takes the field, they are highly motivated to win," he said. "I think guys get across very well. It just comes across differently on TV. We get the best out of each other. Sometimes you go out of way to do it, and things happen in the heat of the moment."

Trott said Ajinkya Rahane, who made 91 in Mohali, had the look of a fine player. "I played against him in the 2007-08 Duleep Trophy game [between England Lions and West Zone] and he got some runs against us. I always felt he's a good player. He played quite well the other night."

Meanwhile, England are working out India's spinners, he said. "They [Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin] are very good spinners - if you are a spin bowler playing for India, you have to be very good. I've been very keen on how to bat against them for three games in a row. Like with everything else, you need to realise [be aware of] every challenge. I think we are getting better and better against them."

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  • mak102480 on October 23, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    @5wombats: this has got to be the silliest comment ever: "when was the last time india won a Test series in England? Any time before 2009 doesn't count"............thats like me saying: when was the last time india lost a test series in england? Any time before Sept 2011 doesn't count. lol

  • sachin_vvsfan on October 23, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @5wombats I wouldn't use the same tone as some of my fellow indians used here. but u said "they got thrashed in the Tests, t20 and odi's". Do you really think india got thrashed in ODIs. I think ENG won only one ODI comfortably thanks to D/L. "All they have shown is that they cannot perform outside their own country" like England IND too have started winning away games and their record is improving now (they did win in AUS ODIs). I agree with @Christo Abraham Both teams are no where near to the AUS/WI teams of the past.

    That said i dont understand the criticism leveled at Trott. It was your fielders who cost the game.80+ strike rate isn t bad in ODIs esp when ur top order is down.

  • dummy4fb on October 23, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    @landl47: India can not bowl england out? Are you sure mate? This is the second time in this series.

  • Y2SJ on October 23, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    England team misses Anderson, Broad, Strauss, Green Pitches and few unfit Indian players. Else they would have whitewashed India in this series too.

  • Nish_US on October 23, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    5wombats and all other england fans --------- Looking at the way Bairstow got cleaned up by Jadeja in the 4th ODI and english batsmen woes on this tour.....any predictions on the result of a test series between these two teams in India NOW....If there was one?

  • Nish_US on October 23, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    To 5wombats ----------- Looking at the way Bairstow got cleaned up by Jadeja in the 4th ODI and english batsmen woes on this tour.....any predictions on the result of a test series between these two teams in India....If there was one?

  • Nish_US on October 23, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Looking at the way Bairstow got cleaned up by Jadeja in the 4th ODI and english batsmen woes on this tour.....any predictions on the result of a test series between these two teams in India....If there was one?

  • 5wombats on October 23, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    @Mohanarangan Prabakaran; Dead wrong. I started playing cricket in 1965 and watched my first Test match in 1968. As with many comments made by indias newly found fans - you couldn't be more wrong. I was hitting hundreds for my school, University and Grade before most of the india fans here were born. "Lack maturity"... LOL.

  • dummy4fb on October 23, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    @5wombats i think you started watching cricket a year or two ago.

  • dummy4fb on October 23, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    How can anyone who understands the game, look at Trotts innings & not realise it cost England.He will continue to score runs if picked, we all know that, but he will continue to score too slowly & we'll keep losing.All the people chucking stats out about Trott. Look at it honestly & work out how many games Trott has won for England. Or, more importantly, look at the games he's scored hundreds/big 50s and see how many we lost because he scored too slowly. Sorry, but anyone who's watched today & thinks the Trott knock was acceptable is mad. No one can debate he's a fantastic batsmen & if picked will continue to score runs. But, what's the point in him getting a big score if it doesn't help England win?? At the stage Trott had to really start accelerating, he slowed down. Plus, if people are honest & review all of Trotts runs for England in ODis, he's yet to win us a game. what's the point in him getting a big score if it doesn't help England win??

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