Australia v England, 4th ODI, Adelaide January 26, 2011

Trott gives England allround options


Jonathan Trott was delighted to become an allrounder for a day. He scored his second one-day hundred and followed that with a crucial spell of 2 for 31, which also happened to be his maiden ODI wickets, to help England to a 21-run victory that kept the series alive.

Trott's 126-ball innings set the platform from which England reached their highest total against Australia in the country, beating the 294 at Melbourne earlier this series, and took his ODI average to a heady 54.38 to go alongside his Test figure of 61.53. However, with the visitors picking just three main bowlers, his seven overs of medium pace which claimed Cameron White and David Hussey - Australia's middle-order enforcers - ensured England never lost control of the game.

"Obviously I'm in the team to get 100s," he said. "I was very happy to do that and set up a very good total, one we felt we could defend. When called upon to bowl it is always nice to contribute as well. I know how cricket can be, it can be a nice game and it can be a horrible game sometimes."

Trott hit an unbeaten 84 in the previous game at the SCG as England limped to 214 and there was some criticism that he didn't try to force the pace towards the end of the innings. This time he rode in the slipstream of Matt Prior's 68 early on, then ensured the innings didn't fall apart when three wickets fell for 22.

"When we lost the three wickets it was important that we didn't have what happened in Sydney with a progression of wickets," he said. "It was important that I hung around. I was a little bit disappointed to get out in the manner I did towards the end with the Powerplay looming. That's something to work on for future games with batting and setting totals or chasing them."

Trott also aims to work on his bowling to fill a valuable role in one-day and Test cricket. Paul Collingwood's retirement from the five-day game means England will need a new part-time bowler come their next Test series and Trott wants to develop. "I've had a chat with David Saker and we're going to work hard at that," he said. "If I could bowl like Colly has in this tour then definitely I can help the side."

Michael Clarke, who would like to be able to play a similar anchor role with the bat for Australia but can't break his form slump, praised Trott's innings and the way his team-mates allowed him to control the innings. "I think the earlier he gets in probably the better for him and the more it suits his game and allows him to play freely," he said. "He's in pretty good nick and he batted really well today. I thought he held the innings together really well, the other guys had the opportunity to play around him."

Although Australia closed the innings a mere 21 runs adrift, they were struggling from the moment Shane Watson was caught behind off Ajmal Shahzad. The visitors knew that was the key wicket because of the way Watson played in Melbourne with his unbeaten 161 when Australia chased 295, but Clarke doesn't believe the opener is carrying too much of a burden.

"Obviously all the batters want to perform and do well. Watto is in a bit of a purple patch and batting really well and leading from the front," Clarke said. "But we've had other guys; Brad Haddin batted really well the other night, Shaun Marsh a hundred a couple of games ago, David Hussey as well. I just think at the moment he's batting really well, unfortunately he didn't go on and get a big one which would have been nice tonight."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on January 27, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    He scored a hundred and took 2-31. making him look like the next Jacques Kallis, come to think of it, they're both from Cape Town

  • nzcricket174 on January 27, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    @jackiethepen There's nothing wrong with Trott's batting. If anything he is perfect for ODI cricket. England can just build around him. If he bats the whole innings England can afford to have explosive batsmen at the end of an innings. Something like an Abdul Razzaq. Pakistan don't have a Trott in their team which is why Razzaq has not done as well. England just need to find a player like Razzaq somewhere in their ranks and bring him up. Don't forget, if you can't find one in England there'll always be one in South Africa.

  • TomCalder on January 27, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    @Phoenix Steve: Amen; the Indian wickets are going to be flat as the M25 and then raging turners. No need to take any quicks, just 6 spinners! Bangladesh could be a surprise package with Shakid Al-Hasan et al!!

  • dummy4fb on January 27, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    think that he is the new Michael Clarke ... Way too slow IMO. In subcontinental tracks, you can't bat like he does... I mean, Clarke scored 110 off 130 balls vs India and aus still lost... Which is to say, if trott plays like he does everywhere bar the subcontinent he is of great value. In sub continent against strong teams you need a s/r of about 100+ at least . Also I think he has problems against steyn and co on sa pitches. Just not a odi player IMO . He can't score a 100 every time. Although if he can get the s/r into 90s and contribute with the ball , he will become useful. Just remember that symonds was rated better as an odi player than Clarke... And Watson is rated better than Clarke. And, Ab de villiers is rated higher than kallis as an odi batsman... I could go on and on... I rest my case

  • gentles on January 26, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    @Jackiethepen Trott is exactly what any ODI team needs - someone to anchor the innings for the rest of the team. Teams need wickets in hand in order to press on at the end of the innings. One thing is for sure, I would rather have him in my team than another batsman who averages 35 at a run a ball!

  • phoenixsteve on January 26, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    @Jackiethe pen.... there must be quite a few teams that would love to have a player causing 'problems' like Trott! Any batsman any where on any pitch who can come in early, anchor the innings and contribute a ton plus is welcome in any team! The stroke makers can play round him and feel free to express themselves knowing that one end is taken care of? If Trott bats for 40 overs and scores 120 you're not going to post many scores below 300 - given that the Pietersens, Bells, Struass's, Morgans, Priors etc are feeling confident about giving it a dart! His running between the wickets is a worry though...... As for the India World Cup - it's shaping up to be a close run bore! We need proper crciket wickets not flat tracks...... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • landl47 on January 26, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    Say what you like about Trott, in 15 ODIs he has 2 hundreds and 6 50s and an average of 54. Yes, he has limitations, but yesterday I thought he did very well in rotating the strike when Prior was in, and he outscored Morgan during their partnership. For England to make almost 300 with Strauss, Pietersen and Bell not making a significant contribution is very encouraging. His bowling will never be more than trundling, but if he can bowl accurately and keep a good length he'll be useful in ODIs. He had a great test series and now he's playing well in the shorter format. It's been a fantastic tour for him.

  • dummy4fb on January 26, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    trott as i've mentioned before is the best batsmen in the England team. It doesn't matter if he isn't flashy and arrogant like KP or as dashing and elegant like Cook. JT does the business when hes out there and even though he only hit about 6 boundaries today just look at his strike rate.It was still good and this shows he rotated srike a lot. I liked Nipun's comments about the characteristics of the england team..hey now let us analyse Australia.. well they are made up of the following arrogant agressives(Pontin,KatichSiddle,Johnson),"Does my bum look big in this types"(Clarke,Watson), Overall not a pretty picture for them

  • 5wombats on January 26, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    I confess to being surprised by Trott's performance - pleasantly surprised! After watching him lose the ODI against Bangladesh (and being extremely infuriated!) - I just wanted him gone. Maybe I was wrong? I don't mind being wrong!

  • jackiethepen on January 26, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    There is a problem with Trott and England are stuck with it. His innings is always at the same pace which is a bit slow for ODI cricket. He can't change pace to set a target and chasing will be even harder. If he stays in for a long time then the incoming batsmen find themselves behind the desired RR. A No 3 should set a platform that has the target RR. Incoming batsmen new to the crease find themselves under pressure. Their time for getting in is severely limited. If you know that the par score for the ground is 300 then you shouldn't be batting well below that like Trott. He relied on Prior, then Yardy and Colly to bat at more than a run a ball.

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