London: 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,” a daily 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.