Ashes 2013: England disappointed by soft wickets, says Jonathan Trott

Ashes 2013: Jonathan Trott admits England are disappointed to lose soft wickets after finishing on 233-9 on day one of fourth Test

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Jonathan Trott admitted England were disappointed to lose soft wickets after the hosts were left on 233-9 at the end of the first day of the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street.

The hosts were initially on 107-1 but were thwarted by Nathan Lyons as the Australian bowler took the key wickets of Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell and Jonny Bairstow in an impressive spell.

“I felt pretty good to get to 49 and then got out but that’s the nature of this game. As soon as you feel you are doing well it takes something away from you,” Trott told BBC Sport.

“Winning the toss and being a 100 odd for one it’s disappointing to then go and lose some soft wickets. We have to reassess that and put it right. Generally guys know what they have done wrong. I certainly know personally. It’s up to individuals to put it right.

“Australia also have a better bowling unit than three years ago – the wickets are a bit truer in Australia which is why we haven’t got those big scores. We saw today it was a slower and the Aussies bowled well.”

Earlier, Alastair Cook fell cheaply after a knock of 51 runs, with the England skipper helping to steady his side after the early loss of youngster Joe Root.

The Aussies capped a clinical bowling display as Brad Harris dismissed Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann, while Peter Siddle took the scalp of Matt Prior.

And Lyon felt Australia got their reward for a consistent bowling performance.

“We just tried keep it simple as a bowling squad. We tried to hit the right areas and it’s worked out pretty well. Credit has to go to the bowlers and the fielders because we built pressure on and got the reward.

“There’s nothing in the wicket so I bowled around the wicket to keep myself in the game and I was able to build some pressure. It’s a day one pitch, we built pressure and got rewards. We always speak about batting in partnerships and the need to bowl in partnerships as well.”

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