New Zealand v England: Jonathan Trott refuses to blame complacency

New Zealand v England: Jonathan Trott refuses to blame complacency for tourists' dismal display on second day of first Test

Jonathan Trott has refused to blame complacency or a lack of preparation for England’s wretched display on the second day of the first Test against New Zealand.

After the first day was washed out, the tourists were bowled out for a paltry 167, before New Zealand openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford closed on 131 without loss.

Trott, who top scored for England with 45, acknowledged his side’s deficiencies, but believes they entered the match in the right frame of mind.

“We did not bat very well and it is pretty obvious we did not play as well as we should have on a good wicket,” said Trott.

“As regards to preparation, it has been fine. We felt really good. You can’t fault the guys work in the nets to get ready for a series like this.”

“There is no place for feeling sorry for ourselves or feeling we did not get the rub of the green because you have to earn the right to put the opposition under pressure and we did not do that. We have put ourselves under pressure with poor performances with the bat.”

“All you can say to each other is it can’t get any worse,” he said. “I don’t think we were too positive. It was just poor shots. The shots were on, we just did not execute them right. Every batsman will put their hand up and admit we did not play the way we should have and could have done.”

It is the fourth time in a row that England have failed to surpass 200 in the first innings of an opening Test on tour, and they have tasted victory just once in their previous 13 opening Test matches overseas.

“We made a conscious effort of trying to start the series really well,”, insisted Trott. “We looked at that and said we have always been on the back foot at the start of a series and we tried to correct it but did not get it right.

“There wasn’t much there in the wicket. We got ourselves out with poor shots and misjudgement. Andy [Flower] is pretty philosophical but he knows the right time to put his foot down and say that is not good enough and this might be what happens.”

“I am not happy with how things went, nobody is, so I don’t think there is any need for hairdryer treatment. It is first day of a three match Test series and there are 13 days of Test cricket left and hopefully we can win those.”

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