England batting coach Jonathan Trott has declined to blame the pitch for their defeat against India in the day-night Test at Ahmedabad — in a low-scoring game. India went on to win the third Test by ten wickets and England have lost their hopes of making it to the world Test Championship finals at Lord’s. A lot of experts were critical about the pitch as the match ended within two days which weren’t good signs for the future of Test cricket.
England registered their lowest test score against India in the pink ball test as they were all out for 81 in their second innings. Axar Patel ran through the batting order of England with a match haul of 11 wickets for 70 runs. The series has now swung in favour of India with a 2-1 lead and they have to make sure that they don’t lose the final test to qualify for the World test championship finals against New Zealand.
Jonathan Trott Feels England Missed The Trick
Jonathan Trott felt that England missed a trick to put India under pressure by scoring more runs in both innings. England came back well with the ball in the first innings and restricted India to 145 which they could have taken advantage of while batting in the second innings. He added that he would prefer to see how things could have been panned out better and not blame the pitch.
“I thought it was tricky at times for everybody to play on, obviously pretty dry and that’s what we have seen here in India. We had first use for it, so we would have like to score more runs and put India under a bit of pressure,” he said in a virtual press conference.
“We saw when we bowled well, we could restrict them to.”
“I always like to see what we could have done better instead of blame things,” Jonathan Trott said in a virtual press conference.
Different Conditions Make Test Cricket Unique Opines Jonathan Trott
Jonathan Trott mentioned that a 200 or 250 total in the first innings for England would have been a different story and reckoned that blaming the pitch won’t help them. He also added that different conditions for Test cricket around the world are the uniqueness of it and was stubborn that it was the right way to be played.
“If we could have got 200 or 250 in the first innings, it would have been a different game. The mentality (mental approach) of batting in the second innings would have been very different.So looking and blaming the pitch, I think, would be doing ourselves a disservice. Yes, the ball did spin and there were balls which skid on but it was the same for both sides.
“Whether it finishes in two days or whatever, you always want to see good cricket and the good battle between bat and ball and clearly bowlers had the upper hand in this Test series so let’s see what happens in the last Test. I wouldn’t say it does disservice I would say different conditions, different countries all around the world, that makes Test cricket so unique and that’s the way the game is played,” he added.
Jonathan Trott represented England in 52 Tests scoring 3835 runs at an average of 44.1