Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shock Defeat against Bangladesh May Work in England's Favour, Insists Trott

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shock Defeat against Bangladesh May Work in England's Favour, Insists Trott

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Byline: Chris Stocks in Mumbai

JONATHAN TROTT knows what it takes to succeed in India so it might come as some suprise that he thinks the England players who arrived here yesterday are better prepared than the victorious team he was part of four years ago.

Alastair Cook's squad touched down in Mumbai still smarting from last weekend's 108-run defeat that saw them draw their series in Bangladesh 1-1. Spin and turning pitches were the weapons of choice for a Bangladesh side who had never beaten anyone other than Zimbabwe in a home Test.

And they ruthlessly exploited conditions during a manic third evening of the Second Test that saw all 10 English wickets fall in a single session.

England's fragility against the turning ball was alarming ahead of the five-Test series in India, the world's No1-ranked team. Trott, though, says the early days of England's Test series win in 2012 -- their first in India for 27 years -- should give the current side hope.

England went into the opening Test in Ahmedabad starved of practice against quality slow bowling and were ambushed by the spinners in a heavy defeat. Yet the class of 2012 came back to win the next two Tests in Mumbai and Kolkata before Trott's 143 helped them secure a series-sealing draw at Nagpur.

Trott is under no illusions a repeat for the current team is a long shot but believes rather than denting confidence, the series in Bangladesh will mean England's batsmen are battle-hardened for Wednesday's First Test at Rajkot.

"It's going to be tough," says Trott.

"The series against Bangladesh was good in the fact they won one and also lost one and realised it's going to be difficult in India. I think if they'd won both easily they'd have got to India overconfident and then would have got a rude awakening and maybe found themselves 2-0 down and the series almost gone.

"It could be a good thing the guys are now aware it's going to be really tough when they go into the First Test. …

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