Former batsman and current England batting coach Jonathan Trott has refused to blame Ahmedabad’s pitch for his side’s ten-wicket defeat in the recently-concluded third pink-ball Test against India.
Questions have been raised ever since Indian spinners, Axar Patel and R Ashwin, dominated the proceedings in the match, which was wrapped up inside two days. Trott, however, feels England could’ve played better.
England had won the toss but couldn’t capitalize on it as they were bowled out for 112. Axar took a five-for while Ashwin bagged three wickets to dismantle the England batting line-up.
Having said that, Jonathan Trott, during a virtual press conference on Saturday, said things might have been different had England put on more runs on the board while batting first on the turning track.
“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.
Trott refused to blame the pitch by saying that Test cricket is all about facing challenges of different conditions all around the world. He admitted that the pitch was spin-friendly but the conditions were the same for both sides.
“I always like to see what we could have done better instead of blame things. 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,” he added.
“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,” the 39-year-old stated.
“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,” he concluded.
While England are out of the race to qualify for the World Test Championship final, India needs to avoid defeat in the fourth and final Test to set up a summit clash with New Zealand at Lord’s, later this year.