Not yet spin proof
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Jonathan Trott was the first man to enter the Eden Gardens nets as England began their preparations for the third Test. For the next two hours England's No.3 was seen putting his head down and practising against the spinners.
Trott has been going through a lean period. After an ordinary home series against South Africa, he is finding it difficult to get into the groove in India as well. With scores of 0, 17 and 0 in the first two Tests, he has failed to lend the solidity expected from someone with such an impressive Test record. In 36 Tests Trott has scored 2,693 runs at 48.08. But so far in India, he has failed to counter the spin challenge.
England's big win in Mumbai has given them momentum and more importantly, it has put the hosts under real pressure. Their travails overseas notwithstanding, India have lost just one home series in the last 10 years and that too against the all-conquering Aussies. But the defeat in Mumbai has threatened India's invincibility on home soil. England know that there is still a long way to go to register an improbable series win in India.
And to make that happen England need their No.3 to fire.
The batsman was making some technical adjustments while playing spin in the nets on Sunday. He crouched a little more in his stance and was looking to make an initial movement forward. The problem with him is about picking the length of the delivery and Trott was putting in extra hours to correct that.
For a team that prides in collective effort, this series so far has been about excellent individual performances. Alastair Cook has scored 357 runs including two centuries. Kevin Pietersen has made 205 runs with the 186 in the second Test being the highlight of his efforts.
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