England batting coach Jonathan Trott has denied blaming the pitch for their loss in the third Test in Ahmedabad. England lost the Test inside two days after they were bowled out for 112 & 81 in the two innings. The Test match was one of the shortest ever in terms of balls played. Only 842 balls were bowled in the Test match. This loss has also put England out of the World Test Championship final race.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Trott has refrained from blaming the pitch for his side’s loss. Trott feels England could have played better cricket. He said things might have been different had England put on more runs on the board while batting first on the turning track in Ahmedabad.
“I thought it was tricky at times for everybody to play on, obviously pretty dry and that’s what we have seen here in India. We had first use for it, so we would have like to score more runs and put India under a bit of pressure,” Trott said in a virtual press conference on Saturday.
Trott insisted that the conditions were spin-friendly but the pitch was the same for both sides. While Ashwin and Axar picked up a total of 18 wickets, Jack Leach (4) and Joe Root (5) picked up 9 wickets between them for England.
Pitch Was Same For Both Teams: Jonathan Trott
“I always like to see what we could have done better instead of blame things. If we could have got 200 or 250 in the first innings, it would have been a different game. The mentality (mental approach) of batting in the second innings would have been very different. So looking and blaming the pitch, I think, would be doing ourselves a disservice. Yes, the ball did spin and there were balls which skid on but it was the same for both sides” said Trott.
Both teams meet again in four day’s time for the fourth and final Test match in Ahmedabad. Thereafter the Narendra Modi stadium will host five T20Is followed by three ODIs in Pune.