England’s batsman struggled over their disappointing winter tour of the sub-continent, and much of the media focus was on captain, Andrew Strauss, but Jonathan Trott has backed him to rediscover his form.
The top four of Strauss, Trott, Alistair Cook, and Kevin Pietersen all failed to impress with the bat – bar the one last game of the series – as they were beaten comprehensively by Pakistan and then humbled by Sri Lanka.
All eyes will be back on England, who still top the ICC Test rankings, as they face the West Indies and South Africa in a home Test series, before heading back over to the sub-continent to take on India, at the back end of the year.
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Strauss has returned to play for Middlesex, as he searches to rediscover some batting form, while Pietersen has been excelling in the Indian Premier League.
The barmy army faithful will be praying England’s top stars can excel yet again with the bat and Trott has backed his skipper, claiming the whole squad are behind him.
Trott told the BBC that the media criticism “comes with the territory” of leading England, but he thinks that Strauss, who has only topped 50 twice in nine Test innings, in 2012, will come good yet again.
He added: “We saw what happened with Alastair Cook. He had a bad run and went on to become Test batsman of the year. I'm not saying Strauss is going to do that, but he might go on to score even more.”
Pietersen has returned to England after his IPL experience and he is set to play for Surrey in the County Championship; that one game will be his only preparation in English conditions, ahead of the first Test with the West Indies.
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