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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

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