Jonathan Trott Movie Rating: 5 / 5
Jonathan Trott has been scoring tons of runs playing in the domestic circuit of late, but, despite that, his comeback in the England test side doesn’t seem to be very much possible with all the young players doing so well.
The players who were drafted into the English middle order after the Ashes disaster were Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali.
Ballance has had fun batting at that one down slot throughout the summer as he has scored 3 hundreds and the same number of fifties.
Moeen though hasn’t quite blossomed, but, he has won England matches with the ball and thus, there is no chance that the England selectors are going to think about replacing him at least in the next couple of series.
However, there is one slot which Trott can hope to make a claim for and that is the opening slot.
Sam Robson who opened for England this summer didn’t look a promising player. He got a hundred against Sri Lanka, but, against India, he didn’t have any clue about his off stick.
Trott has been a top order player for ages. So, he will not have to make big adjustments to be able to open the innings.
However, all this would happen only if Trott finds himself ready for test cricket. He was supposed to be available for England this summer, but, citing the same symptoms because of which he had to return back from Australia, he decided to remain away from international cricket for some more time.
Not only in test cricket, Trott can be pretty handy for England in One Day Cricket too if he gets healthy. However, as things stand now, one can’t assume him to be playing in the World Cup 2015 in Australia-New Zealand.
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.
Jonathan Trott Movie Rating: / 5
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.