Cricket: England's Jonathan Trott can’t wait to get back in the middle and help right the wrongs of England’s first-Test defeat against India.
The tourists suffered a nine-wicket defeat in Ahmedabad on Monday, despite Alastair Cook’s brave second-innings 176.
And Trott is thankful the team don’t have too long a wait between that disappointment at the start of the four-match series and the second Test, which gets under way at the Wankhede Stadium in the early hours of Friday morning.
“You wouldn’t want a week or eight days mulling over the game — you want to get back out there and batting and crack on,” said England’s number three, whose duck and second-innings 17 at the Sardar Patel Stadium made him a member of England’s under-performing middle order.
“Travelling to Kolkata 1-1 [for the third Test] would be great.
“We understand the challenge for us in these three games, but we know we can do it.”
England’s batting line-up will be disrupted by one enforced change this week after Ian Bell flew home temporarily following the birth of his first child on Monday.
As a result, Jonny Bairstow is likely to return at number five after being somewhat unfortunate to miss out on a start in the first Test, having made 95 and 54 in his last two innings at the highest level as the then out-of-favour Kevin Pietersen’s understudy against South Africa at Lord’s.
Samit Patel and left-hander Eoin Morgan are competing for the final batting spot, with the former unlucky to be given out lbw in Ahmedabad.
But Morgan may yet sway selection to try to help Cook break up the lines of India’s two spinners Pragyan Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin.
England may also elect to pick Monty Panesar as a second specialist spinner of their own alongside Graeme Swann, on a pitch Trott expects will give everyone a chance to excel.
“There is a little bit more bounce,” he said.
“Ahmedabad was quite low and slow. We hope our seam bowlers can exploit that, a little bit more bounce for spin and seam — and obviously a little bit more turn as well.”
Meanwhile England coach Andy Flower has urged his players to follow Cook’s example, having watched his captain make a one-man stand in the first Test.
“Cook is a strong bloke and a very, very fine cricketer,” said Flower.
“We need more of our men to stand up in the way that he did. There was a lot to be learned from watching him.
“I was obviously very impressed, along with the rest of the cricketing world that saw Cook play.”
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