Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Anchorman Trott Does Not Plan to Break into a Run Just Yet; England's No3 Has Been Criticised for Slow Scoring but He Plays a Vital Role in a Team with Explosive Talent. by Tom Collomosse

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Anchorman Trott Does Not Plan to Break into a Run Just Yet; England's No3 Has Been Criticised for Slow Scoring but He Plays a Vital Role in a Team with Explosive Talent. by Tom Collomosse

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Byline: Tom Collomosse

JONATHAN TROTT has dismissed the idea that his methodical batting style in one-day cricket leaves him open to accusations of selfishness.

Trott has an outstanding record for England in 50-over cricket, averaging 50 from his 49 international matches. Yet his strike rate of 76 runs for every 100 balls faced has led his detractors to wonder whether he should play a little more briskly.

As long as England's more explosive players prosper, Trott is a vital member of the team. He demonstrated his importance to the side at Chester-le-Street on Saturday, scoring an unbeaten 64 to guide England to an eight-wicket win over Australia and ensure they took a 3-0 lead in the five-match series with just one game remaining.

"There's a balance between being responsible and not leaving it to the people after you to get the runs," said Trott. "Sometimes I might get balance wrong, but nobody thinks: 'I'll bat for 20 overs and leave it to the rest of the team to bat for the other 30'.

"I'm aware that once you're in, the runs can come quickly -- you can score 60 or 70 runs in 10 overs without taking many risks -- but it can be much harder for the new batsman coming in. I always want to bat through, but it's how you go about it and construct your innings. We don't concentrate on strike rate. Our job is more to ensure we go at the right tempo to give us the best chance of reaching the target we've been set or the total we think is par. Sometimes we have to attack the new ball, and at other times we have to defend it and attack at the back end.

"An important part of the job of the top three is weighing up what a good total is, and then we have players like Eoin Morgan and Craig Kieswetter who can come in and give us a late boost."

England will complete a highly-successful mid-summer limited-overs campaign at Old Trafford tomorrow, seeking the victory that will give them a 4-0 series result against the Aussies. …

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