England`s next three league matches are winnable games: Trott

Updated: Mar 04, 2011, 21:21 PM IST

Chennai: England may have been shocked by minnows Ireland in their previous outing but batting mainstay Jonathan Trott on Friday said there next three league matches against test playing nations are "winnable games" to qualify for quarterfinals of the World Cup.

England received the shock of their life when Ireland chased down a mammoth target of 327 for eight with Kevin O`Brien scoring the fastest century of World Cup in 50 balls on Wednesday.

The loss along with the astonishing tie against India cast a shadow of doubt over England`s chances of reaching the quarterfinals as they are still to play South Africa, Bangladesh and West Indies in the league stage.

But Trott insisted that things are not yet over for England and they can win the next three games to qualify for the knock out stage.

"We should have won the game (against Ireland) but it is not over. We have three more games in the world cup. Those three are winnable games ahead of us. It is a huge chance to perform and qualify for the quarters and peak at the right time. It is important time for us," he said.

Asked what did the team discuss after the Ireland loss, Trott said, "Just a few things. It was all about what happened in the Ireland match and as to what we need to do in the Sunday match to contribute for the success of the team.

"It is to make sure that you have done your job hundred per cent. It is something about making one counted. I think at this stage you cannot look too much on games that we lost.”

"I think it is foolish to look backwards. We want to go forward in this competition. That we start from Sunday and that is for sure," he added.

Trott said England has put behind their three-wicket loss to Ireland and is looking forward to the upcoming match on Sunday against South Africa.

"We prepare ourselves individually according to the strengths of the rival team. You prepare yourself and see what is coming at you in the game," said Trott, who has faired well with the bat making 170 runs from three matches.

"Each game you prepare differently according to the opposition and the conditions. Last game against Ireland is behind everyone and we are looking forward to Sunday game against South Africa.”

"When you are playing against test playing nations, you are expected to have good batters against them. To win against a team like Ireland, you need to play really well towards the end of your batting innings but it was unfortunate. Now we have a job on hand and we know what lies ahead of us," he said.

Trott said the South African team is a world class side and they have enough fire-power in their batting department to runaway with the match.

"It is a world class side. Various options are there. We have few more options in spin department. We need to adjust to such conditions obviously. They seem to have a few powerful batters as well," he said.

England had more than 150 minutes of optional training session today and Trott said they worked on their fielding which came a cropper against Ireland on Wednesday.

"Optional training sessions are always composite fielding sessions and there was optional batting too. Most of us were disappointed about our fielding against Ireland. We put a few things right in our fielding session today. We are having another training session tomorrow and looking forward to a big game on Sunday," he said.

Asked if players are finding it difficult to pick in the World Cup after a gruelling tour of Australia, Trott, who was also a part of the Ashes squad, said burn out was not an issue.

"It is dangerous to think about how much cricket you have played during the last couple of months, when you come for a World Cup. You might come to only one World Cup," he said.

"The days between games are not enough for people to recover to be able to perform. It is up to each individual," he added.

On his own batting in the tournament, Trott said, "It is okay and nice way to help your team to get big scores. No disappointments though I did not continue more time at the crease. I got 170 from three innings. I hope opportunities will come in our next games."

On whether ICC should go ahead with reducing the number of teams for the future World Cups now that England lost to Ireland, Trott said, "Definitely, we do not want to play. Generally we play well against both Scotland and Ireland.“

"Personally, I do not have any opinion really. For me there are pros and cons. But definitely it showed what teams are capable in a 50 over game. It is such an attractive format of the game that brought two good games against India and Ireland," he said.

PTI