India v England: I won’t be opening alongside Cook, insists Trott

India v England: Jonathan Trott dismisses speculation he could open alongside Alastair Cook in the first Test in Ahmedabad

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Alastair Cook was named as England's Test captain in August Photo: Back Page Images

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Jonathan Trott has dismissed speculation suggesting he could open alongside skipper Alastair Cook for England’s first Test against India next week.

Andrew Strauss’ retirement has left a vacant spot at the top of the order but the Warwickshire batsman is adamant he will not taking over the role.

“There’s going to be someone making their debut and whoever gets that spot will do a great job,” Trott said.

Somerset batsman Nick Compton is currently favourite to start alongside Cook in Ahmedabad after an impressive 64 not out in the warm-up match against Mumbai A.

His closest rival is Joe Root, who was dismissed for 24, and the pair will get their final chance to lay claim to the opening spot in the final practice match against Haryana on Thursday.

“There have been a few discussions [about me opening] but that’s mainly with media people,” he added.

“There’s not been much debate or talk about that in the dressing room.

“I’ve spoken to Alastair and [coach] Andy [Flower] and nothing’s really been spoken about that. There’s obviously competition with regard to making runs at the moment so whoever opens will get full backing from everyone in the team.”

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