Pakistan v England 2011-12 January 21, 2012

Trott confident of England turnaround in Abu Dhabi

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If the measure of a team is how they cope with adversity, then Jonathan Trott believes England will quickly bounce back from their first Test defeat against Pakistan.

England haven't lost two Tests in a row since July 2008, when South Africa were their conquerors and, on the last four occasions that England have lost a Test, they have responded with a win in the next game. Trott believes that England's team spirit and previous experience of responding positively to setbacks bodes well for the second Test beginning in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

"We've had a few losses, but we've been able to bounce back [in] the following game," Trott said. "With this bunch of guys being close knit and having played together a lot, it should just be a matter of time before we get back to winning ways.

"We had a bad game in Perth [in the 2010-11 Ashes] - it was pretty similar to this - and we all know what happened in Melbourne. I don't think it's all doom and gloom.

"It's been good to move on from the last match. The guys have thrown themselves in to the net sessions and it's really important the guys enjoy themselves and remember that playing for England is a great honour.

"Whenever you don't score big runs in the first innings, you put yourself under pressure. We need to rectify that in the next game."

Far from fearing the trial by spin that England anticipate for the rest of this tour, Trott insisted that England were relishing the challenge of proving themselves in Asian conditions.

"When you come out here it's all about spin and variations," Trott said. "And that's a great test of us as individuals and as a team. I think we've the ability to win here - I've no doubt about that - and the next two matches should be very exciting."

Amid the crumbs of comfort from a dismal England batting display, the performances of Matt Prior and Trott stood out. Trott was the only Englishman not to be dismissed by spin and the only one who negotiated Saeed Ajmal's bowling with any confidence. Most of his team-mates struggled, however, and it was noticeable on Saturday that they trained against the Merlyn spin bowling machine and several local net bowlers with actions vaguely reminiscent of Ajmal. Graeme Onions even bowled a bit of spin in the nets.

Trott denied that England were concentrating purely on negating the threat of Ajmal, however, pointing out that Umar Gul proved just as potent in their second innings. "You don't go around preparing for a specific type of bowling or a specific person," Trott said. "You make sure your whole game is in good order. Everyone in the team has their own way of playing and we know that they have been effective over the last couple of years. So it's a question of honing that, rather than getting too caught up in this result. The result is important, of course, but there's another game coming up in the next few days, so it's important to move on."

In characteristic fashion, Trott allowed questions about Ajaml's bowling action to go by outside the off stump without offering a shot.

"He has bowled very well," Trott said. "It wouldn't be beneficial for us to worry about the legitimacy of his bowling action. It would be wrong for the game of cricket for us to start talking about our opposition. We should just worry about ourselves. You can get caught up in things happening off the field, but our job is to perform on it."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • JG2704 on January 24, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    @Sanaullah Khan on (January 23 2012, 15:19 PM GMT) To be fair , less than 2 years ago they were bowled out twice for less than 200 in the same match vs WI so there is some basis for the reputation. However I actually give more credit to their batsmen than the bowlers. I thought our batting was poor but our bowling was good and Pak still managed 330.

  • JG2704 on January 24, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    apologies for my post @ Muhammad Yasir Khan - I tried to post this on several occasions and now the same post turns up 3 times.

  • JG2704 on January 24, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    @ Muhammad Yasir Khan on (January 21 2012, 15:17 PM GMT) agree with your post by and large although Australia only went unbeaten in test series between 2001 and 2005 and even then drew home series vs New Zealand and India. If we say that Australia started their rise to number 1 after their defeat to Pak in 1994/5 then in the following 5.5 years they lost 3 series in the SC and one in WI - an average of 1 series every 1.35 years.Still excellent stuff.And yet when Eng go 3 years without losing a series,only one year short of Aus at their best,we're undeserving of our ranking etc.And we haven't actually lost the series to Pak yet.If(and I admit it's a huge if) we can salvage this series,Im confident we can at go unbeaten vs SL and SA at home and then India away we'll be unbeaten for the same amount of time as the mighty Oz team.We may lose this series and fall apart as everyone predicts but so far we are unbeaten in test series for 3 years

  • JG2704 on January 23, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    @ Muhammad Yasir Khan on (January 21 2012, 15:17 PM GMT) agree with your post by and large although Australia only went unbeaten in test series between 2001 and 2005 and even then drew home series vs New Zealand and India. If we say that Australia started their rise to number 1 after their defeat to Pak in 1994/5 then in the following 5.5 years they lost 3 series in the SC and one in WI - an average of 1 series every 1.35 years.Still excellent stuff.And yet when Eng go 3 years without losing a series,only one year short of Aus at their best,we're undeserving of our ranking etc.And we haven't actually lost the series to Pak yet.If(and I admit it's a huge if) we can salvage this series,Im confident we can at go unbeaten vs SL and SA at home and then India away we'll be unbeaten for the same amount of time as the mighty Oz team.We may lose this series and fall apart as everyone predicts but so far we are unbeaten in test series for 3 years - Please publish this time

  • on January 23, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    I am surprised to see people saying Pakistan Batting line is fragile.Did they not watch that opening partnership between Hafeez and Taufeeq ,Misbah's resilience and Akmal slapping Tremlett through the covers.And there is still plenty to come in the shape of Younus and Azhar Ali.No matter how much the Pakistani batting line is fragile they will score more than England Batsmen, at least in Middle East that's for sure.South Africa could not win a single test against Pakistan in this region 1 and a half year ago how can England do it now when Pakistan team is much stronger and eager to win. And I am dead sure Hafeez is going to score a lot of runs in the upcoming 2 test matches.They simply want to take the revenge that's it.

  • JG2704 on January 23, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    @ Muhammad Yasir Khan on (January 21 2012, 15:17 PM GMT) agree with your post by and large although Australia only went unbeaten in test series between 2001 and 2005 and even then drew home series vs New Zealand and India. If we say that Australia started their rise to number 1 after their defeat to Pak in 1994/5 then in the following 5.5 years they lost 3 series in the SC and one in WI - an average of 1 series every 1.35 years.Still excellent stuff.And yet when Eng go 3 years without losing a series,only one year short of Aus at their best,we're undeserving of our ranking etc.And we haven't actually lost the series to Pak yet.If(and I admit it's a huge if) we can salvage this series,Im confident we can at go unbeaten vs SL and SA at home and then India away we'll be unbeaten for the same amount of time as the mighty Oz team.We may lose this series and fall apart as everyone predicts but so far we are unbeaten in test series for 3 years

  • 5wombats on January 22, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    @Ahmed Sadek Yousuf on (January 22 2012, 06:45 AM GMT) - spot on. Friend, England fans like us are perfectly able to give full credit to Pakistan who have long history of beating England. We England fans always said this would be a real tough series and now it is proved. Also we England fans never once said that England were some kind of great team. We arrived at the top through beating our most dire rivals Australia. Only Australia and Pakistan have beaten England in Tests in recent times - this is how good Pakistan are and we respect each accordingly. So, no trouble will start between England followers and passionate Pakistan fans. Unlike fans of another country, we know when we have been well beaten and can accept it with good grace and no excuses.

  • 5wombats on January 22, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    @iBilal on (January 21 2012, 14:10 PM GMT) solid comment. Noticed and appreciated. @subbass - agreed. Australia got nuthin. Bring it on.

  • Toescrusher on January 22, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Yes, Trott is confident of Abu Dhabi Test because this time Ajmal will take only 9 wickets instead of 10 or Trott thinks, Rehman will take 10 wickets this time and England batsman will successfully prevent Ajmal taking 10 wickets, which is a successful achievement of English batsmen.

  • on January 22, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Really looking forward to the next test. England with their backs against the wall. Hasn't happened a lot in tests for the past 2 and a half years, let's see how they respond.

  • JG2704 on January 24, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    @Sanaullah Khan on (January 23 2012, 15:19 PM GMT) To be fair , less than 2 years ago they were bowled out twice for less than 200 in the same match vs WI so there is some basis for the reputation. However I actually give more credit to their batsmen than the bowlers. I thought our batting was poor but our bowling was good and Pak still managed 330.

  • JG2704 on January 24, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    apologies for my post @ Muhammad Yasir Khan - I tried to post this on several occasions and now the same post turns up 3 times.

  • JG2704 on January 24, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    @ Muhammad Yasir Khan on (January 21 2012, 15:17 PM GMT) agree with your post by and large although Australia only went unbeaten in test series between 2001 and 2005 and even then drew home series vs New Zealand and India. If we say that Australia started their rise to number 1 after their defeat to Pak in 1994/5 then in the following 5.5 years they lost 3 series in the SC and one in WI - an average of 1 series every 1.35 years.Still excellent stuff.And yet when Eng go 3 years without losing a series,only one year short of Aus at their best,we're undeserving of our ranking etc.And we haven't actually lost the series to Pak yet.If(and I admit it's a huge if) we can salvage this series,Im confident we can at go unbeaten vs SL and SA at home and then India away we'll be unbeaten for the same amount of time as the mighty Oz team.We may lose this series and fall apart as everyone predicts but so far we are unbeaten in test series for 3 years

  • JG2704 on January 23, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    @ Muhammad Yasir Khan on (January 21 2012, 15:17 PM GMT) agree with your post by and large although Australia only went unbeaten in test series between 2001 and 2005 and even then drew home series vs New Zealand and India. If we say that Australia started their rise to number 1 after their defeat to Pak in 1994/5 then in the following 5.5 years they lost 3 series in the SC and one in WI - an average of 1 series every 1.35 years.Still excellent stuff.And yet when Eng go 3 years without losing a series,only one year short of Aus at their best,we're undeserving of our ranking etc.And we haven't actually lost the series to Pak yet.If(and I admit it's a huge if) we can salvage this series,Im confident we can at go unbeaten vs SL and SA at home and then India away we'll be unbeaten for the same amount of time as the mighty Oz team.We may lose this series and fall apart as everyone predicts but so far we are unbeaten in test series for 3 years - Please publish this time

  • on January 23, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    I am surprised to see people saying Pakistan Batting line is fragile.Did they not watch that opening partnership between Hafeez and Taufeeq ,Misbah's resilience and Akmal slapping Tremlett through the covers.And there is still plenty to come in the shape of Younus and Azhar Ali.No matter how much the Pakistani batting line is fragile they will score more than England Batsmen, at least in Middle East that's for sure.South Africa could not win a single test against Pakistan in this region 1 and a half year ago how can England do it now when Pakistan team is much stronger and eager to win. And I am dead sure Hafeez is going to score a lot of runs in the upcoming 2 test matches.They simply want to take the revenge that's it.

  • JG2704 on January 23, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    @ Muhammad Yasir Khan on (January 21 2012, 15:17 PM GMT) agree with your post by and large although Australia only went unbeaten in test series between 2001 and 2005 and even then drew home series vs New Zealand and India. If we say that Australia started their rise to number 1 after their defeat to Pak in 1994/5 then in the following 5.5 years they lost 3 series in the SC and one in WI - an average of 1 series every 1.35 years.Still excellent stuff.And yet when Eng go 3 years without losing a series,only one year short of Aus at their best,we're undeserving of our ranking etc.And we haven't actually lost the series to Pak yet.If(and I admit it's a huge if) we can salvage this series,Im confident we can at go unbeaten vs SL and SA at home and then India away we'll be unbeaten for the same amount of time as the mighty Oz team.We may lose this series and fall apart as everyone predicts but so far we are unbeaten in test series for 3 years

  • 5wombats on January 22, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    @Ahmed Sadek Yousuf on (January 22 2012, 06:45 AM GMT) - spot on. Friend, England fans like us are perfectly able to give full credit to Pakistan who have long history of beating England. We England fans always said this would be a real tough series and now it is proved. Also we England fans never once said that England were some kind of great team. We arrived at the top through beating our most dire rivals Australia. Only Australia and Pakistan have beaten England in Tests in recent times - this is how good Pakistan are and we respect each accordingly. So, no trouble will start between England followers and passionate Pakistan fans. Unlike fans of another country, we know when we have been well beaten and can accept it with good grace and no excuses.

  • 5wombats on January 22, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    @iBilal on (January 21 2012, 14:10 PM GMT) solid comment. Noticed and appreciated. @subbass - agreed. Australia got nuthin. Bring it on.

  • Toescrusher on January 22, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Yes, Trott is confident of Abu Dhabi Test because this time Ajmal will take only 9 wickets instead of 10 or Trott thinks, Rehman will take 10 wickets this time and England batsman will successfully prevent Ajmal taking 10 wickets, which is a successful achievement of English batsmen.

  • on January 22, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Really looking forward to the next test. England with their backs against the wall. Hasn't happened a lot in tests for the past 2 and a half years, let's see how they respond.

  • sirECB on January 22, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    what is this game with the bat and the ball? trott has been a good performer for england for the past 2 years. away series in the sub continent will eventually justify his position in the rankings.

  • Sports4Youth on January 22, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    If the Pak playsers hold on to their catches this English team is going to have a tough time in this series.

  • Sports4Youth on January 22, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Wonder what plans they have against Ajmal, Gul, Abdur Rehman, Cheema.

  • Sports4Youth on January 22, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    I wonder what is the shortest stay at the top (No.1) ranking. I think England may get the dubious distiction of being at the top for the shortest period ever. From what we have seen thus far England are likely to loose the next match also.

  • Sports4Youth on January 22, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Being hopeful is one thing and having answers to Gul and Ajmal in these conditions is quite a different thing. England were lucky that Cheema got injured in their 2nd innings. I dont think that they can make any comeback. They might do well to draw the remaining matches. But sitll the series will be lost.

  • on January 22, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    England's top ranking will only be justified when they will come back....

  • JG2704 on January 22, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas on (January 22 2012, 06:19 AM GMT) - Truth is these conditions should be easier for teams like Pak to bat on because they are used to the conditions , just like English conditions should be easier for English batsmen to play on because we are more used to our conditions.

  • JG2704 on January 22, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    @ Muhammad Yasir Khan on (January 21 2012, 15:17 PM GMT) agree with your post by and large although Australia only went unbeaten in test series between 2001 and 2005 and even then drew home series vs New Zealand and India. If we say that Australia started their rise to number 1 after their defeat to Pak in 1994/5 then in the following 5.5 years they lost 3 series in the SC and one in WI - an average of 1 series every 1.35 years.Still excellent stuff.And yet when Eng go 3 years without losing a series,only one year short of Aus at their best,we're undeserving of our ranking etc.And we haven't actually lost the series to Pak yet.If(and I admit it's a huge if) we can salvage this series,Im confident we can at go unbeaten vs SL and SA at home and then India away we'll be unbeaten for the same amount of time as the mighty Oz team.We may lose this series and fall apart as everyone predicts but so far we are unbeaten in test series for 3 years

  • JG2704 on January 22, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    @iBilal on (January 21 2012, 14:10 PM GMT) and much respect from an England fan back to you sir

  • on January 22, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    had this be an Indian victory over England than a Pakistan victory, you'd well be justified for thinking that Indian fans would have gone over the moon and totally would have denigrated the opposition...it's a pleasent surprise that I have yet to notice substantial vitriol being dished out en masse by Pak fans towards England despite their shambolic display..

  • SaleemSabir on January 22, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Go Pakistan Go................. best of Luck in Abudhabi....

  • KarachiKid on January 22, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Credit to Englishmen for trying their best to stay away from controversy. Hats off ! Similarly Pakistanis have also let their bat and ball talk !

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 22, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Trott never ceases to amaze me with his measured talk. Bob Willis can learn a thing or two from this Master of all conditions. For all those who make fun of Trott's slow batting, you need batsmen of his class, temperament and measure to succeed in testing conditions. Playing in Asia is not at all playing on batting paradises as Trott rightly opined here. It is much easier to call our tracks as flat or batting paradises instead of developing the skills to succeed on them. Many fans want to take that easy path and pretend as though the performances on our tracks don't matter. Not all but many fans from England and Australia want to live in such denial. It's their prerogative anyway. I'm sure, Trott and players from all the teams realise that tracks from different geographical locations present different challenges and variations needing different skill sets. Looking forward for a century from this Master. KP should buckle down a bit. Bell is too good to fail again in these conditions.

  • on January 22, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Pakistan did not do great, England simply performed appallingly.

  • sabee66 on January 22, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Having Saqlain Mushtaq and Mushtaq ahmed , two great spinners in their camp do they still need a bowling machine...............lol wats next, wat about GUL

  • on January 22, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    Pakistan will win series and England short dominance over cricket will again b over very soon !

  • Ahsan_Shere on January 22, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    England should drop Chris Tremlett, not for Monty because Abu Dhabi pitch doesn't offer spin unless the ball is 70 overs old or fifth day in progress. Tremlett should make way for Steve Finn. And, from Pakistan's perspective, they should play the same XI because Abdur Rahman can perform on flat tracks better than all fast bowlers on the bench i.e. Riaz, Junaid, plus, his morale is very high & he has a better chance of capitalizing.

  • on January 22, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    I personally believe that England has the potential to bounce back. After having a big defeat in the first test for Test No. 1 team means that they already touched the lower ebb. If England does not manage to bounce back, it would clearly mean that their march to No. 1 slot was not evolutionary and progressive internally rather it was due to external factors like poor performance of the opponents that helped England rise to that no. 1 position. Now the onus is on English players to prove their credentials. On the other hand, Pakistan team looks evolved with the passage of time but during this time period, either opponents were in bad shape or the conditions were somehow favourable to demonstrate that progress. In Dubai, conditions were not hostile to Pakistan nor England team has demonstrated available resilience. If England manages to perform, consistency and growth of Pakistan would be judged.

  • Green_How on January 21, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Yeah Jonesy2, England must be quaking in their boots. Failing to beat the Kiwis in a home series is hardly the form that will scare the English. Concentrate on your own team, England have won 3 out of the last 4 ashes series and i have seen nothing to suggest that Englands dominance won't continue with your brittle batting line up, poor wk and inexperienced bowling attack.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 21, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Trott never ceases to amaze me with his measured talk. Bob Willis can learn a thing or two from this Master of all conditions. For all those who make fun of Trott's slow batting, you need batsmen of his class, temperament and measure to succeed in testing conditions. Playing in Asia is not at all playing on batting paradises as Trott rightly opined here. It is much easier to call our tracks as flat or batting paradises instead of developing the skills to succeed on them. Many fans want to take that easy path and pretend as though the performances on our tracks don't matter. Not all but many fans from England and Australia want to live in such denial. It's their prerogative anyway. I'm sure, Trott and players from all the teams realise that tracks from different geographical locations present different challenges and variations needing different skill sets. Looking forward for a century from this Master. KP should buckle down a bit. Bell is too good to fail again in these conditions.

  • on January 21, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Jonathon Trott is the True batsman for England, if they want to beat this determined Pakistan unit he will need to score 100-150+ - Bell and co also need to create good partnerships

  • on January 21, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    I think its interesting when you look at the England top 6 averages against sub continental teams in their own countries on Statsguru, even if you exclude Bangladesh their records are actually fairly decent if not very good. In the past its been the bowling that has let us down on low slow turning pitches. Seems there is a bit of a myth about England batsmen not being able to play spin on these pitches... A myth the coaching staff and players have been convinced is true as well, going on that performance.

  • Charlie_Ellis on January 21, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    Jonesy2, you can send over as many T20 specialists and injured quicks as you like, but those Ashes are staying here mate. You'd probably have done better than us in Dubai for sure, but that doesn't mean that you will beat us at home next summer!

  • Patchmaster on January 21, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    @ jonesy2, no offence mate but Anderson, Finn and Bresnan would all walk into the AUS team. Cook, Trott and Bell will take you medium pace attack to pieces, just like they did the last one (I remember YOU commenting on here about how Harris, Hilfanhaus and Siddle were going to 'destroy' the ENG batman) Cook scored more runs against you that the whole AUS side did against our bowlers. So don't make me laugh mate. Paterson, Siddle and Cummins are fast medium up and downers. Unless your wicket keeper suddenly takes up bowling instead ;-)

  • cricket_fan_1980 on January 21, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    well said Trotty, let the ICC and several expert panelists worry about things, which they already have and cleared. Trott actually played pretty well, some nice drives through mid-wicket. he is a solid batsman. I think the way Ajmal got Swann out in the second innings is the perfect description of his threat. he usually pitches the bowl just outside off or on the stumps, and 3 out of 5 balls it doesn't turn, or turns very slightly the other way (doosra). This is what causes the problems, because batsmen have to negotiate the delivery so there is always the probability of a leg before. Swanny on the other hand often turns the ball a great deal, which is very commendable but the Pakistani batsmen were not overly threatened by him because a lot of his good balls can be left alone or safely negotiated. Also, Cook, Bell and Pieterson, who are stalwarts of the English batting line up, did not have many answers against each and every Pakistani bowler, so the Pakistan bowling threat is immense

  • subbass on January 21, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Jonesy2 Aus won't win a SINGLE Test in the '13 Ashes. You'll get a draw SOMEWHERE though, so 4-0 Eng.

    Take care mate.

  • hhillbumper on January 21, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Jonesey 2. Thought you would be along at some point.Still scored higher than you did. 47 all out. Yeah mate bring your lot and we will have a game.What about Phil Highes greatest player ever according to you.

  • cricket_pak419 on January 21, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Pakistan did great and that's it. Hope this momentum can continue. Pakistan keep this up!

  • wrenx on January 21, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Good for Trott - remembering that his strength is in cricket and not propagating rumours and whining. The rest of the England camp should follow his and Prior's example, and they'll undoubtedly do a lot better next time.

  • BravoBravo on January 21, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Mr. Trott, very articulately said. I am sure that both ENG & PAK will play 2nd test match with their full potential and enthusiasm which they are known for all these years. Cricket fans deserve a well blanced game not the kind of mismatches where MIGHTY IND batting line is involved and geting hammered by their opponents. Mismatches are shame for IND and shame for the game. Good luck to ENG and PAK as being the greatest entertainer of the game. Couldn't wait to watch the 2nd match between ENG & PAK.

  • phoenixsteve on January 21, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Jonesy2 cracks me up! Has he forgotten the home and away drubbings handed out by England? The Kiwis beat this very ordinary Aussie side not many weeks ago! As Pattinson & Cummings they might get to partake in the cricket lessons IF THEY ARE NOT INJURED! Come on Aussies you're begining to sound like Indian supporters - such delusions! One poor result doesn't make the number 1 test team a poor one? You have to be consistently bad (like OZ) for that to happen! Oh and... who's Ashes? COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • spence1324 on January 21, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    @jonesy2 thats the difference in the rankings Australia look up to england and england look down at Australia ha ha!

  • on January 21, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    As long as Eng practice to negotiate with the class of Doora, they have a fare chance to bounce back, Ajmal, Rehman and Hafeez have distinct qualities, they should see the footages of previous matches they have played in order to overcome them.

  • jonesy2 on January 21, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    trott is the most discusting player to watch, i seriously wouldnt rate him as a cricketer even if he averaged 150. its funny, ajmal had the same bowling action before he begun running rings around the pommy batsmen, making them look like.....well, pommy batsmen. you only here about it now. the english media seem to like to embarrass themselves after the team embarrass themselves on the pitch.

  • siruskharel on January 21, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    i think england should in 2 spiners in squad[monty+swann]..........

  • vinayespn on January 21, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Well, you Englishmen landed in Dubai with your tails up but it looks like by the end of this series you will go back with your tails between your legs.. Expect no respite from the pitches or the wily Ajmal.. Pak team looking solid in these conditions..

  • HellDiver on January 21, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Well played Trott! Concentrate on the cricket and leave the controversies to the media and disgruntled ex-cricketers. This English side is going to come back strongly so Pakistan better watch out...

  • on January 21, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Eng has been the team with lot of qualities lately and they have shown that they have courage, class and resilience to overcome any situation, however, we cannot deny that Pak has been playing good and sensible cricket also, Although struck with lots of controversies but they seem to have recovered well from all that has prevailed in the year 2010 and after. Pak still got to prove that they are consistent enough by winning this series comprehensively because this is their chance to do that while playing the home series. I positively hope that Pak will do better. Eng are good but not invincible like Australia when they were on peak but even they are not performing to their potential and off course India's performance has always been yo yo like so, we must hope that Eng is going to be dethroned very quickly from their No. 1 test team rankings. regards MYkhan

  • Zahidsaltin on January 21, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    He is just not telling the truth when he says that they are not specially concerned about Said Ajmal. They are just scared of him and what ajmal did to them in the first match makes the matter even worse. It is more of a psychology thing. And who knows it might be Rehman who will conqures them in the second match

  • mspaloda on January 21, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    England should do well to loose the series!! Looks like the #uno team cannot handle the pressure of #uno.

  • raheesfayaz on January 21, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    that is true england have not lost two test in a row since 5 years but things are different this time, they have to work very hard to come out this time not easy to play on spinning wickets with world best spinner around, england bowling beyond any dought is very good and capable of taking twenty wickets

  • on January 21, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Well said Trott, best of luck for the next game, its good to read that you guys are not getting into another controversy (Bowling action)

  • jonesy2 on January 21, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    england are done. back down the rankings you go and we will be sending over warner, pattinson, cummins and mitch marsh to get our ashes back cheers.

  • Long-Leg on January 21, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    It is good to hear that England are remaining positive and enjoying their cricket. While time in the nets is good, I suspect that their problems lie more between their ears. Some of their shot selections were really poor in both innings of the last test. I am also worried about the stubbornness of the management in not picking Panasar and staying with three seamers. I would expect them to improve as the series goes on, but sadly, I still think Pakistan will win.

  • on January 21, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    George, give it a rest. Ajmal was cleared by the ICC, has been playing intentional cricket for years and has even played county cricket in England. Why moan now? Oh I know, because your beloved team got absolutely pummelled! Another thing I don't understand is that this meant to be our "home" series. If anything the bias should be pro Pakistan instead of this annoying stance by the English media. Pathetic!

  • iBilal on January 21, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    I love English cricketers... playing cricket with best of spirits and a great self-belief, a trait, not very common in Asian teams. Trott and Prior have shown great character by not indulging in blame game or making excuses. much respect from a Pakistani fan, sir.

  • cricinfoisawesome on January 21, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Being a pakistani supporter, I still think that England will come back strongly in the 2nd test and it will be a good battle, Panesar might be a change for Tremlett. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!

  • heathrf1974 on January 21, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    The English batsmen need a big turnaround.

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  • heathrf1974 on January 21, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    The English batsmen need a big turnaround.

  • cricinfoisawesome on January 21, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Being a pakistani supporter, I still think that England will come back strongly in the 2nd test and it will be a good battle, Panesar might be a change for Tremlett. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!

  • iBilal on January 21, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    I love English cricketers... playing cricket with best of spirits and a great self-belief, a trait, not very common in Asian teams. Trott and Prior have shown great character by not indulging in blame game or making excuses. much respect from a Pakistani fan, sir.

  • on January 21, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    George, give it a rest. Ajmal was cleared by the ICC, has been playing intentional cricket for years and has even played county cricket in England. Why moan now? Oh I know, because your beloved team got absolutely pummelled! Another thing I don't understand is that this meant to be our "home" series. If anything the bias should be pro Pakistan instead of this annoying stance by the English media. Pathetic!

  • Long-Leg on January 21, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    It is good to hear that England are remaining positive and enjoying their cricket. While time in the nets is good, I suspect that their problems lie more between their ears. Some of their shot selections were really poor in both innings of the last test. I am also worried about the stubbornness of the management in not picking Panasar and staying with three seamers. I would expect them to improve as the series goes on, but sadly, I still think Pakistan will win.

  • jonesy2 on January 21, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    england are done. back down the rankings you go and we will be sending over warner, pattinson, cummins and mitch marsh to get our ashes back cheers.

  • on January 21, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Well said Trott, best of luck for the next game, its good to read that you guys are not getting into another controversy (Bowling action)

  • raheesfayaz on January 21, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    that is true england have not lost two test in a row since 5 years but things are different this time, they have to work very hard to come out this time not easy to play on spinning wickets with world best spinner around, england bowling beyond any dought is very good and capable of taking twenty wickets

  • mspaloda on January 21, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    England should do well to loose the series!! Looks like the #uno team cannot handle the pressure of #uno.

  • Zahidsaltin on January 21, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    He is just not telling the truth when he says that they are not specially concerned about Said Ajmal. They are just scared of him and what ajmal did to them in the first match makes the matter even worse. It is more of a psychology thing. And who knows it might be Rehman who will conqures them in the second match