England have 50-over ability insists Jonathan Trott
England have a date with destiny against West Indies tomorrow - but win or lose in their crunch World Cup match, Jonathan Trott is convinced they are capable of future limited-overs glories.
An alarmingly inconsistent campaign has meant England must beat the Windies in their final Group B match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium to stand any chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals.
Defeats against Ireland and Bangladesh have left them in a predicament from which Trott believes they can still extricate themselves.
Yet even if they fall short, and therefore exit a fourth successive World Cup before the knockout stages, Trott believes the ICC World Twenty20 champions and Ashes holders have it in them to excel too in the 50-over format.
"I think we do have good one-day cricket in us," said the ultra-consistent number three.
"We have just got to be more consistent in all our disciplines - batting, fielding and bowling."
Much has been made of England's arduous winter schedule, and Trott hints that the hard work which inevitably went into winning the Ashes in Australia for the first time in a quarter of a century might have taken a toll.
"I think, with the Ashes being such a big thing, it was huge for the team - and a lot of effort went in to that.
"Just as much has gone into this World Cup as well actually.
"It just hasn't managed to materialise for us in the way we would have wanted.
"But there is still a chance we could be very successful in this World Cup."
Trott's style of accumulation, in an age where power-hitting is often king, has not endeared him to all spectators and pundits.
But England have had good reason to be grateful for his four half-centuries in five innings at this World Cup - and it is heartening too to hear Trott talk of the need to constantly seek improvement.
"As a cricketer, it is important to be able to learn all the time and not stand still," he said.
"I think it is important to constantly work at your game and want to get better at everything - fielding, a bit of bowling with (coach) David Saker - batting, a few shots here and there.
"You want to improve at everything - especially in this team, under the direction of (coach) Andrew Flower and (captain) Andrew Strauss who are individuals with great vision for the team.
"If you stand still there is a danger you might get left behind."
Trott has a great regard for the sport which brings him his living.
"It is dangerous to think you know this game.
"It is a tricky game and a fantastic leveller, so it is very dangerous to think you have nailed it.
"That's when it comes back and bites you."
Strauss and off-spinner Graeme Swann were unable to train with England yesterday, because of stomach upsets, but are expected to be fit tomorrow.
West Indies opener Chris Gayle is also hoping to have recovered in time from the abdominal strain which kept him out of his team's third successive victory, against Ireland last Friday.
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