Image courtesy of: ABC
“Just because I averaged 30 doesn’t make it a huge train smash”
England batsman Jonathan Trott has revealed that after his disappointing performance during the recent Ashes series, where he only scored 293 runs at a dismal average of 29.30, he has revitalised himself and now feels that he is ready for a second round showdown against arch-rivals Australia.
While Trott admitted that he picked up some “bad habits” during the last Ashes series, he added that he has been working furiously over the past couple of months on rectifying those issues.
Australia pace bowler Ryan Harris took a jab at Trott after the conclusion of the series, which England won 3-0, stating that the South African-born batsman had a weakness to short-pitched deliveries.
Responding to Harris’ comments, Trott said: “People are going to bowl short balls and yorkers and all sorts to try to get you out – I got out to full balls a lot more than short balls. It’s one of the things people’s perception is, and everyone is entitled to their own perception. I know what I’ve got to focus on this series and what I did when we came here three years ago.
“Ryan Harris played then, in a pretty similar bowling attack then. I have got good memories of being here but I wouldn’t say I’m particularly worried about anything specifically delivery-wise, it’s more about me getting my game in nick and feeling good.”
During the recent Ashes series, Trott was dismissed numerous times by playing very uncharacteristic shots, for example, he dragged the ball back onto his stumps during the first Test at Trent Bridge.
He also mistimed a hook shot and was caught on the boundary during the second Test at Lord’s and during the third Test at Old Trafford, he leg glanced a delivery straight into the gloves of Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.
However, perhaps his most famous, yet controversial, dismissal during the series also came in the first Test where he was the victim of a shoddy piece of umpiring and the Decision Review System (DRS).
Trott had an lbw decision wrongly overturned against him and he conceded that to this day, he is “still scratching” his head about the verdict.
“I got myself out a few times and first Test at Trent Bridge I got a weird review,” he said. “I’m still scratching my head about that.
“I technically had a few flaws which I have hopefully ironed out. Over the course of a summer – we started in February in New Zealand and ended in September – it’s a long time, so a few things probably crept in that I didn’t want to happen. It was to do with balance and it wasn’t what I normally do.
“So it was a little bit out, but in an Ashes series you don’t want to tinker too much and be too specific on your cricket because the games come thick and fast. Little things creeping in and a lot of little things create a big thing. I wouldn’t say I had a huge problem, I was thereabouts but I was probably finding my balance and technique wasn’t there, because if you want to go on and get really big hundreds you want to be balanced and have everything in working order. I was getting out in ways I’m not accustomed to because of slight things I wasn’t doing all the time.”
Trott also noted that he wasn’t concerned about his average or the number of runs he scored in the last Ashes series since England pulled off their third Ashes win in a row.
“If you’re not getting runs it’s not as if you’re looking for answers but you want to know why you’re not getting runs…sometimes there is no answer,” Trott said. “You have to wait your turn, keep working really hard, keep giving to the team and that’s really important.
“To look back at the summer and be disappointed would be foolish because we won the series 3-0. Just because I averaged 30 doesn’t make it a huge train smash. I still had some hands in some important partnerships and it was a very exciting and eventful summer. At Perth I felt in better rhythm and hopefully over the next two warm-up games I can get even better.”