Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Trott Waits for Spin Cycle to Change; Batsman's Claim England Are Getting Used to Mysteries of India's Slow Bowlers Is Hard to Back Up. Stephen Brenkley Reports from Mumbai

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Trott Waits for Spin Cycle to Change; Batsman's Claim England Are Getting Used to Mysteries of India's Slow Bowlers Is Hard to Back Up. Stephen Brenkley Reports from Mumbai

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Byline: Stephen Brenkley

ENGLAND'S batsmen appear to be in perilous denial about their weakness against spin. Jonathan Trott, who plays in the blue riband position of No3 said today: "Everything's in the changing room that we need, we just need to produce it on the field. That is sport.

"I still think we're ever improving. It gets highlighted a lot. Generally you face a lot of spin out here and it's generally what's going to take the wickets. It's being able to trust your own game and stick to that."

Trott was part of the four-man middle order that scored a total of 68 runs between them in eight innings in the nine-wicket defeat in the First Test against India in Ahmedabad. England have now been dismissed for under 200 in the first innings of four of their six Tests in Asia this year.

But Trott said, two days out from the second Test, which begins in Mumbai on Friday: "Form goes up and down.

"It's a frustrating thing there are no guarantees on anything in life and cricket.

"You can't rock up the next day after working in the nets and train as hard as you can and guarantee that it's going to work."

When England arrived for nets at the Wankhede Stadium today their certainty about playing two spinners, which they should have done in Ahmedabad, was revised downwards to highly probable.

There looks to be more carry in the pitch, which might encourage England's seam attack, but is balanced by the suspicion that it will also probably turn and bounce more for spinners. England's pace options have been curtailed by the continuing absence of the Middlesex fast bowler Steve Finn, who has aggravated a thigh injury.

He is having a scan today and if it shows any structural damage he is likely to fly home.

While England would be loath to make a big point of it, Finn's departure would be a significant loss. He is the quickest of their bowlers on this tour and the form of Umesh Yadav, India's more muscular equivalent, has demonstrated that pace has a part to play in this series.

Finn was expected to be fit for Friday's match and England are mystified now about the extent of the trouble. …

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