I share a good rapport with Cook on the field: Trott

Last Updated: Friday, December 7, 2012 - 19:15

Kolkata: England batsman Jonathan Trott on Friday said he and skipper Alastair Cook share a good rapport on the field which helped them to take the visitors to a commanding position against India in the third cricket Test here.

Cook and Trott shared 173 runs for the second wicket to set the platform for England`s commanding 193-run first innings lead over India at the end of the third day`s play.

"When you play a lot of cricket together it (the understanding) develops with time. You realise the sort of language and terminology your partner talks out there and you go about it easily," Trott said about his partnership with Cook.

Cook (190) missed out on a fine double century when he became victim of a freak run-out while Trott, after two ducks in the first two Tests, returned to form with a brilliant 87-run knock.

"We sort of talk in the same way about our batting, understand it and go about our business," the right-hander said.

"We didn`t want to put too much of pressure on us having had a great (second) day. We wanted to continue the good work. But it`s disappointing not to have got a few more," Trott said about missing out on a triple figure mark.

Trott was all praise for his an unflappable and unflinching Cook, who is having a dream tour after having registered his third century in the series.

"He (Cook) has been playing magnificently over the last couple of months and years. It`s always nice to get an opportunity to bat with him. He has a got a good rhythm," Trott said about his captain.

Asked about Cook`s freak dismissal, Trott said, "He didn`t say anything. Obviously he was upset but that`s the way it is. He would be very disappointed but he is someone who doesn`t like to express his emotions."

"I just put it down as a freak dismissal. I think if he had put his bat the down and lifted the other way he would have been not out. I think he was trying to do that but got just caught in between," he said.

"It`s really disappointing for him and the team to get out in such a way and miss a double hundred."

Asked whether the Indian spin duo of R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha were less intimidating in the ongoing Test, Trott said, "They are a good pair and bowl well together. We saw in the first Test, they can be a handful.

"As the ball turns they can be tricky, they are accurate. Perhaps we played (them) a lot better than the last two Tests."

Trott, however, begs to differ with Indian left-arm Pragyan Ojha, who said that there was hardly any assistance for the bowlers from the Eden Gardens strip.

"The second new ball got more bounce from the spinners. It`s a good Test wicket," he said.

"It was quite flat in the first couple of days but now there is little bit of variable bounce and turn. The more runs we score, the better position we get ourselves into."

Asked what England would be looking at in terms of putting on the board, he said, "We will have to see how the wicket plays. We have to see and adjust. We have to go out there and bat without setting any target."

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 7, 2012 - 19:15

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