Trott: Wins could boost morale

2011-10-22 16:04

Mumbai - The series is already lost but England batsman Jonathan Trott wants to win the remaining two one-day matches against India to lift his team's morale.

"Performances in these games will give us a spring," Trott said on Saturday. "It is definitely not the case of damage limitation but rather a case of realising you haven't played up to expectations."

India leads the series 3-0 with the two remaining games being played in Mumbai on Sunday and Kolkata on Tuesday.

Trott could not pinpoint the reason why India was able to win so soon after a disastrous tour of England where it failed to take a single match.

"I think we lost key periods of the game or India played well in the key periods of the game," Trott said. "It has to be one of the two really, will have to think about it."

Trott scored an unbeaten 98 in the third ODI in Mohali which went to the last over after England set a 299-run target.

"I think we played well the other night. We got a good total but just could not get across the line," Trott said. "Our basics haven't been up to the mark, things like big partnerships, fielding."

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni reportedly criticised England's players for sledging and a 7.5 percent match fee fine was given to England pace bowler Tim Bresnan for showing disrespect to an umpire during the last game.

"We get the best out of each other but sometimes you go out of the way to do it and things happen in the heat of the moment," Trott said.

India opener Ajinkya Rahane said he was looking forward to playing the next two games, especially on his home ground at Mumbai.

"It's a proud moment for me because the World Cup was held at this venue and we became world champions," Rahane said.

Rahane, who top-scored for India in the last game with a solid 91, said he was not bothered about the possibility of giving way for top stars like Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag once they recover from injuries.

"I had a talk with our captain and he told me to play my natural game," Rahane said. "We're looking forward to tomorrow's game not looking ahead. We are 3-0 up but we start from zero."


  • Pierre - 2011-10-23 06:30

    hey trott, bad things happen to bad people

  • Pierre - 2011-10-23 09:21

    So i bet the pommie bastards still think they are the best team in the world, what a joke!! to be the best you need t win away from home too you idiots

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