England must find consistency says Jonathan Trott
Tuesday 22 February 2011
Jonathan Trott admitted that England need to find some consistency after their six-wicket win over Holland in their World Cup Group B clash in Nagpur.
Having seen Holland run up an unexpected score of 292 for six, with Ryan ten Doeschate starring with a thrilling 119, England made a bright start to their reply with captain Andrew Strauss (88) leading the way.
However, their run-rate slowed in the middle of the innings and a shock defeat looked like it might be on the cards until Paul Collingwood and Ravi Bopara (both 30 not out) managed to steady the ship and see England home with eight balls to spare.
Trott himself made a vital 62 before falling to ten Doeschate.
"We got the result we wanted, but we need to be more consistent at putting in a good performance," Trott told Sky Sports 1.
"We're letting each other down and need to be more consistent."
England's fielding was sloppy compared to how they performed in the recent tour of Australia and Trott added: "It was one of those things that happens. We need to pull our socks up and get on with it.
"It shows what we need to work on and get our act together and come up with a few ideas."
Holland captain Peter Borren was proud of his side but disappointed they had been unable to secure what would have been a historic victory.
"We got a good, competitive score and the wicket wasn't as easy as we made it look," he said. "We didn't make them work as hard as we should have done for their runs.
"It was a massive moment for Ryan and he batted beautifully. Our 292 was a good score, we struggled to defend it and credit to them."
Strauss was quick to accept that his side had many shortcomings throughout the game.
He said: "We got a lot of things wrong with our bowling and let them off the hook three or four times. It was a very poor first 50 overs and we need to take it on the chin.
"All credit to the way Ryan played and we were very disappointed with ourselves in the field, but fortunately we got ourselves out of jail.
"It was a little bit nervy at the end but we're happy to have got the win and we need to improve."
Unsurprisingly, Ten Doeschate was named as man of the match for his century and two wickets, and he added: "It was very special for me and we should be proud of ourselves.
"It was a really good wicket and we knew we had to push on.
"I was surprised that we won the toss and batted so there wasn't much planning from me. It was a good strip and we had to assess as we went on."
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