Sydney: England batsman Jonathan Trott has credited Australian bowlers for bowling well and putting them under pressure on day one of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street in Durham.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the hosts scored 238 runs at the loss of nine wickets at just 2.64 runs an over, with England captain Alastair Cook taking almost four hours to make it to 51, the third slowest half century of his career.
The report further said that batsman Jonny Bairstow went 64 minutes without scoring and was eventually out for 14, adding that England spent 15 overs moving from 183 into the 190s.
However, Trott defended England`s extremely slow scoring rate and poor shot selection, saying that Australia had bowled well and had pressurised the England batsmen, adding that it is true that Australians have got a good bowling line-up.
Admitting that Australia has the momentum even though England has retained the Ashes after drawing at Old Trafford and taking the ascendancy at Durham, Trott, however said that England bowlers have also not spared Australian batsmen, adding that the game is about trying to squeeze every run out and applying as much pressure as the player can.
According to Trott, 250 is a par score at Durham, where the biggest total all county season has been 339, adding that he believes that his side can quickly regain the momentum given that England spearhead James Anderson has a better average at Durham than at any other English Test venue.
Stating that performance of a team ebbs and flows over a long series as Test match cricket is a five-dayer, Trott said that a player has to earn the right to score runs in Test cricket, although he admitted that Australia has set good defensive fields by their bowling and made it difficult to score runs.
Trott further called England`s performance as `uncharacteristic`, saying that although batting first was the correct decision for England at Durham, they are very disappointed by the way they have ended the day.
Trott`s 73-run stand with Cook went to waste when he tried to flick Nathan Lyon off the pads, with the report adding that Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell and the tail were guilty of reckless shot selection.