The England test side has not missed Jonathan Trott so far in the ongoing season and that’s because the left hander Gary Ballance has played fantastically well for the Three Lions at the one down position in the last 3 test matches.
Ballance was not the one whom the experts were expecting to be tried in the top order in this new looking England line up. It was supposed to be a tossup between Joe Root and Ian Bell for that very important slot.
But, the English management saw enough potential in Ballance to send him to bat at 3 in the first test match of the season against Sri Lanka. The Yorkshire batsman made an impact in that very test match as he scored a hundred in the second innings in a tough situation and brought England out of trouble.
Ballance is not quite the same kind of player as Trott. There is a big difference between the playing styles of the two.
While, Trott was a massive front foot player, Ballance is someone who likes to sit on the back foot and thus, he is very good at cutting and pulling the ball, but, he has an issue with the deliveries that are pitched at a fuller length and move sideways.
In the three matches that Ballance has played this summer, he has not been tested enough on the front foot because the pitches have been quite slow. Once he gets to Southampton or Oval, where the pitches help the seam bowlers, his real character would be seen by the world.
He looks like an individual who is temperamentally good. He showed that in the second innings at Lord’s against Sri Lanka. When the wickets were going down around him, he kept his calm. But, does he have the technique to counter tough seaming conditions? That’s the question.
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The left handed middle order batsman, Suresh Raina, has been appointed as the captain of the Indian One Day International team which will visit Bangladesh later this month to play a 3-match series.
Most of the regular Indian players have been rested for this series as a result of which Raina has been given the captaincy.
It’s not the first time that Raina is going to lead team India. He has done that in the past as well. He has been the captain on a couple of foreign tours.
This is Raina’s comeback into the Indian team as well. He was not a part of the Indian squad that had taken part in the Asia Cup. He was dropped because of his poor form on the tours of South Africa and New Zealand. But, because of some great performances in the World T20 Championship and in the Indian Premier League, he has been called back.
If the Uttar Pradesh player does well in the series against Bangladesh, he would make a claim for a place in the Indian side for the ODI series against England as well.
Generally, Raina bats at no. 6 or 7 for India, but, in the absence of some of the senior players of the side, he might push himself a bit up the order and bat at no. 3 at least in the first couple of matches against Bangladesh.
Raina might use himself as a bowler too in the upcoming series as the pitches in Bangladesh are quite conducive to spin bowling. They offer a lot of turn and bounce especially the pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka.
The three matches of the series will be played at 15th, 17th and 19th of this month respectively.
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Jonathan Trott had a bit of practice with the first team squad of Warwickshire a couple of days back, but, the county has denied that he is planning to play any competitive cricket for them in the near future.
Trott has been out of cricket since the last 6-7 months. He had returned from Australia after the first Ashes test last year because of some kind of mental illness and he has not been able to make his comeback since then.
There had been reports that he would make himself available for selection at the start of the new season, but, a few days ago, the right hander made it clear that he had not got rid of his illness completely and thus, would not be returning in the initial parts of the upcoming season.
With Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann not being an active international player anymore, the England test side lacks experience. So, they need Trott to be back, but, it isn’t likely to happen pretty soon.
Trott had played a key role in taking England to the no. 1 spot in the ICC test rankings; He was very consistent batting at no. 3, but, his weakness against the short ball was exposed big time by Mitchell Johnson in the Ashes tests in England and after that, his performances went downhill.
England has to play a very important test series against India in July-August and they would love to have Trott available for that series as the record of the Warwickshire man against India is quite decent.
The last time that India had toured England for a test series, they had been clean swept. But, it doesn’t seem that the Poms would manage to do that this time around without Trott and Pietersen.