Trott demands strong start from England

28 February 2021 21:10:10 GMTPlus10

England's batting coach Jonathan Trott says first-innings runs are vital if they are to beat India in the fourth and final Test in Ahmedabad, which starts on Thursday.

England made a stunning start to the series as skipper Joe Root's double-century powered them to a 227-run win in the first Test in Chennai.

However, they were bowled out for 134, 164, 112 and 81 in their four innings in the second and third matches as India roared back to claim a 2-1 lead.

Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel tormented England's batsmen on a turning pitch in the third Test in Ahmedabad, where Root's men crumbled to a ten-wicket defeat inside two days.

Trott believes England can square the series at 2-2 with victory at the same venue this week but he accepts that their batting must improve.

One disappointing aspect of the third Test drubbing was that England won the toss and batted first but they were unable to take advantage of what should have been the most favourable conditions for runscoring.

"It is disappointing the way the last two Test matches have gone but we have the players to [make it] 2-2," Trott told reporters.

"It is tricky for those younger guys but they have to perform well and find ways in difficult conditions. The first innings is the key. If we had managed 200, 230 or 250, it would have been a very different game. If we had a lead, the mentality of batting in the game would have been different."

England are 3.75 to beat 1.53 hosts India in the fourth Test in Ahmedabad and the tourists are 2.50 to claim a first-innings lead.

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