Sunday, 23 October 2011

Andy Flower defends Trott's role in one-day side

England coach Andy Flower has defended Jonathan Trott's role in the one-day side.

England was unable to defend the total of 298 against India in Mohali and the rationale in some quarters was that Trott's mid-80s innings strike-rate was part of the problem.

Comparing Trott's methods and effectiveness with Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene, who was lauded for a World Cup final century which kept his team in with a chance against winners India in Mumbai five months ago, Flower said: "You say that his strike rate is low."

"Is his strike-rate any lower than Mahela Jayawardene's in one-day cricket? Check those stats," The Guardian quoted him, as saying.

Trott averages 53.15 at a strike-rate of 78.58 in one-day internationals, while Jayawardene averages 33.48 at a strike-rate of 77.80.

"Since he started playing one-day cricket for England, he has been very consistent - and that consistency has helped us score bigger totals," Flower said.

He accepts that England, who beat India 3-0 at home, has been below their best in this rematch. (ANI)

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