Cricket: We must step up says Trott

Jonathan Trott. Photo / Getty Images
Jonathan Trott. Photo / Getty Images

England batsman Jonathan Trott says the side must deliver its first all-round team performance of the tournament if they are to qualify for the quarter-finals of the cricket World Cup.

The Ashes winners and World Twenty20 champions head into their final group match against the West Indies on Thursday needing a win to reach the last eight - and even then they will need other results to go their way.

A third loss following shock defeats to Ireland and Bangladesh would send England packing after another disappointing World Cup campaign.

However, England can take confidence from their previous match at Chennai's Chidambaram Stadium when they beat a highly fancied South Africa side by six runs in a tense, low-scoring thriller.

"We haven't played consistently," said Trott, who earlier in the tournament equalled the record for the fastest 1,000 runs in one-day internationals of 21 innings previously shared by West Indies great Vivian Richards and England's Kevin Pietersen.

"We've either played badly with the bat and well with the ball or badly with the ball and well with the bat."

England only managed 225 against Bangladesh, with Trott top-scoring with 67.

"Against Bangladesh I think I could have hit a few more boundaries here and there. We probably came unstuck in the powerplay. If we had got that right we would have been right up there with a big enough total to defend," he said.

Trott has also overtaken the record of former England opener Geoff Boycott, one of the best defensive batsmen of his generation, for most ODI runs without a six for an England batsman but is not best pleased with the comparison.

"Have you not watched me play T20? There are big fields at Edgbaston (Warwickshire's home ground in Birmingham) as well.

"I hit a few one-bounce fours in Australia.

"If I started hitting the ball in the air and getting caught on the boundary you guys (the press) would probably be having a go at me for that anyway."

Someone who does not have problems hitting sixes is West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard, who hammered 94 off just 55 balls as his side beat Ireland by 44 runs in their previous group match.

"Whatever England say about coming back, they are entitled to do that," Pollard said. "We're just concentrating on what we have to do.

"After losing that first match against South Africa, we've really bounced back as a team.

"We have a lot of things that are driving us at the moment, one of the things being we were written off. We are using that as a motivating factor."

- AFP

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