Trott: Hard work ahead to level series

Keighley News: Jonathan Trott is determind to step up his game in the second Test Jonathan Trott is determind to step up his game in the second Test

Individual and collective determination will drive England's misfiring middle order to try to follow the shining example set by their captain Alastair Cook in India, according to Jonathan Trott.

Opener Cook alone did himself justice among the tourists' top six, scoring more than 200 runs in the first Test - and his first as permanent captain too - yet he was still unable to prevent a nine-wicket defeat in Ahmedabad.

"Everyone is individual," said Trott. "But what you can take from him is his determination and stubbornness, to say - 'This is how I play; this is how I'm going to do it; I'm not going to try to change; this is going to work for me, and this is how it's going to happen'."

He added: "It did ... and set the standard for what we as batsmen want to be able to do. I certainly want to do that. Every single one (of us) from one to nine wants to be able to do that."

Trott himself made a first-innings duck at the Sardar Patel Stadium, followed by 17 second time round.

It is 16 innings, back at Galle against Sri Lanka in March, since the previously prolific number three made the last of his seven Test centuries.

He has fared acceptably but hardly prodigiously since then, and is setting his sights on an overdue innings of substance.

"You know it's possible," he said, of run-scoring in the sub-Continent. "There are a lot of ifs. But the crux of the matter is we're 1-0 down, and we've got to play a lot better on Friday.

"You never expect it to be plain sailing in India. Obviously, we got caught out in the first innings, and didn't play well. It was a good fightback in the second innings, and shows we can score big totals ... if only we'd done it in the first innings, it would have helped.

"A great challenge lies ahead, and we've got some hard work to do. But this team has overcome huge challenges in the last couple of years, so it would be good to add this to the collection."

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