India v England: Trott draws inspiration from captain Cook
India v England: Jonathan Trott heaps praise on captain Alastair Cook for an impressive second-innings score of 176 in their first Test loss
Jonathan Trott has praised Alastair Cook for an outstanding performance in the second innings of England’s first Test nine-wicket defeat by India in Ahmhedad.
The England captain hit 176 as he built a promising partnership with Matt Prior before being ousted on day five by India’s Pragyan Ojha.
Trott, who was dismissed for 0 in his first innings before posting a meek 17 in the follow-on, is drawing inspiration from Cook ahead of the second Test in Mumbai on Friday.
“Everyone is individual,” Trott said.
“But what you can take from Cook is his determination and stubbornness.
“For an English player to come out here for his First Test match as captain and to score 170 is a great effort.
“He’s led from the front and set the standard for what us England batsman want to be able to do.”
England coach Andy Flower echoed Trott’s sentiments, insisting the tourists need more Cook-like performances from their batsmen if they are to secure a rare series win in the sub-continent.
“Cook is a strong bloke and a very, very fine cricketer,” said Flower.
“We need more of our men to stand up in the way that he did. There was a lot to be learned from watching him.”