Ashes 2013-14: Jonathan Trott happy England’s batsmen were ‘challenged’

Ashes 2013-14: Jonathan Trott believes England's batsmen had a good workout as the tourists finished on 302-5 on day two

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Jonathan Trott believes England’s batsmen were handed a test by CA Invitational XI after the tourists finished on 302-5 on day two of their final warm-up match in Sydney.

Alastair Cook (81) and Jonathan Trott (83) put on a partnership worth in excess of 150 runs after Michael Carberry had been ousted on four in response to the hosts’ total of 304 all out.

Kevin Pietersen, who is managing a long-standing knee injury, also impressed as he posted a score of 57, whilst England’s summer Ashes hero Ian Bell hit 35 before losing his wicket.

“All in all it was a pretty good day. It was nice to spend some time out there with Alastair and Kevin looked as if he played pretty well along with Belly,” Trott told BBC Sport.

On Pietersen, he added: “When he first went in the guys were bowling with some good pace and the ball was swinging around. They got it to reverse due to the outfield so it was quite challenging.

“Alastair and I certainly found the quality of bowling pretty good. We certainly felt it was good preparation. A lot has been made of the quality of bowling that’s coming up in this match but it was a lot better than what was described to us.”

Trott also heaped praise on Steve Finn after the bowler took three wickets in the morning session to finish on figures of 5-103, whilst Stuart Broad (4-37) was the standout member of England’s attack.

“He bowled really well. Obviously Broady [Stuart Broad] was the stand out yesterday but Steven came back with a ball that was still a little bit newish and bowled really well from side on where I was fielding at deep square it looked like he had some good pace,” Trott added.

“Steven is that kind of bowler who he thinks needs to bowl a lot and looks like he found some good rhythm out there.”

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