Trott itching to find form in the middle

BATSMAN Jonathan Trott admits he is relieved that he can immediately get back to the crease and help England respond after a heavy first Test defeat against India.

The tourists stumbled to a nine-wicket loss in Ahmedabad on Monday, despite captain Alastair Cook’s fine second-innings 176, as the batting middle order collapsed in both sessions.

Trott is grateful there are only four days between the disappointing first Test and the second, which starts tomorrow in Mumbai.

“You wouldn’t want a week or eight days mulling over the game; you want to get back out there and batting and crack on,” said Trott.

England’s No3 only hit 17 runs over two innings during the first of a four-match series.

He added: “Travelling to Kolkata 1-1 [for the third Test] would be great. We understand the challenge for us in these three games, but we know we can do it.”

The 31-year-old believes the pitch in Mumbai will better suit the seam bowlers, who only combined to take one wicket in the first match. He said: “Ahmedabad was quite low and slow. We hope our seam bowlers can exploit that, a little bit more bounce for spin and seam – and obviously a little bit more turn as well.”