Ashes 2013: Individual mistakes to blame for poor total, admits Jonathan Trott
England closed on 238 for 9 after winning the toss but only one player, their captain Alastair Cook, passed 50
Saturday 10 August 2013
Jonathan Trott admitted England’s batsmen had only themselves to blame for their poor first-innings performance that left Australia on top at the end of the first day.
England closed on 238 for 9 after winning the toss but only one player, their captain Alastair Cook, passed 50 on a day when the tourists’ bowling attack always had control over their opponents.
Nathan Lyon took 4 for 42 on a pitch that was not particularly conducive to spin, and Trott accepted that England’s display, particularly against Lyon, had not been good enough. The off-spinner removed Trott, Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell before returning to trap Jonny Bairstow lbw. Trott was caught at short leg and said: “If you look at Lyon’s figures, you’d say we didn’t play him particularly well.
“My dismissal started it. I was disappointed to get out in a soft way because the ball wasn’t turning much. We’ve had success against spin in the past and the guys will be really keen to put it right in the second innings.
“When you get out, it’s rarely because of an unplayable delivery. The fault is usually with the batsman and we could probably all say that today. It’s uncharacteristic of the side. We usually put emphasis and value on our wicket and when that doesn’t happen, we’re disappointed.
“It was good pressure from the opposition and you play a shot to a ball you shouldn’t. There are a few disappointed guys in the changing room. I think 250 is an average score here, but it would be the easy route to say ‘we’re at par’. We probably didn’t have the best of days towards the end.”
Whatever happens here and in the final Investec Test at The Oval, England will still hold the Ashes at the end of the series after winning the first two matches, before the drawn third Test at Old Trafford. Yet Australia’s performance in Manchester – and their work on the opening day here – will give their captain, Michael Clarke, and his players some confidence that they can level the series and begin the five-Test series in Australia, which starts in November, with momentum on their side.
Lyon said: “It’s about building pressure, which we managed to do. That’s the way you take wickets because if you build pressure and don’t allow them to score many runs, hopefully an error will come somewhere along the line.”
Lyon held his nerve well against Pietersen, who made clear his intention to attack from the beginning, and earned his reward when the batsman played for the turn and was caught behind.
Lyon added: “Those are the challenges I love. I wasn’t surprised when he came down the pitch to his first ball, because that’s who he is, the type of cricketer he is. He’s one of the best in the world and he likes to take the bowlers on, so I expected it.”
Despite his dejection, Trott drew consolation from the first Test at Trent Bridge, which England won despite making only 215 in their first innings. “We won a fantastic Test match there and, hopefully, we can do the same here,” he added.
How Liverpool can catch Manchester United and secure Champions League football next season
Arsenal transfer news: 'We are not close to signing anybody. We need to lose some players,' says Arsene Wenger
Danny Jones: Keighley Cougars half-back dies after cardiac arrest during league game
Chelsea season player ratings: Grading the entire squad of the new Premier League champions
Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao by a unanimous points decision - but Pacquiao thinks he should have won, saying 'he did nothing'
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 4 The top 50 cities for young people to live in
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils