NO EASY GAMES

The English batsman, Jonathan Trott, has said that his team will not be taking Australia lightly in the remaining matches of the ongoing Investec Ashes series.

England is 2-0 up at this point of time and they have a great opportunity to seal the series at Old Trafford where the third test is going to be played.

Trott believes that England shouldn’t relax at all and try to keep the momentum going. Talking to the reporters yesterday, the Warwickshire batsman said, “It’s not going to be a cake walk for us. That’s for sure. They will come hard and we need to be prepared for that.”

“The first test match was very close and if it had gone Australia’s way, the score line would have been 1-1 and people would not have been talking about our dominance that much.”

“It’s good to have a lead of 2-0, but, it’s important to keep going. They are a quality side and can still turn things around.”

In England’s second innings of the first test match, Trott was given out LBW despite he had got an inside edge to the ball. Trott had used the DRS on that occasion, but, the hot spot operator made a mistake and showed the replay of a different delivery. So, the TV umpire didn’t see the inside edge and gave Trott out.

When asked about that incident, Trott said, “If I was a youngster, I would have reacted differently to that. I would have been very upset. But, now, I am a bit more matured and I know these things do happen in cricket. They can happen to anyone. So, I was calm.”

“I hope that I make some significant contributions in the remaining 3 games. I think I am in good touch to be honest.”

MIDDLESEX STRUGGLE

Eoin Morgan couldn’t do much in his first county match this season. Morgan was playing for his team Middlesex against Yorkshire in a Yorkshire Bank 40 match.

Yorkshire batted first and on a pitch which was quite flat, they put up a big score of 236 on the board.

Chasing down that target was not easy and it started looking even tougher when Middlesex lost its first wicket with no run on the board. The Irish batsman Paul Stirling was the first man to go. He was knocked over by Iain Wardlaw.

Joe Deny came at no. 3 and he tried to play attacking cricket. He played some classy shots through the off side and was looking threatening for Yorkshire. But, before he could do some serious damage, he was clean bowled by Rich Pyrah.

The fall of the second wicket brought Morgan at the crease. Middlesex had massive expectations with its star middle order batsman, but, Morgan couldn’t deliver. He got out on the first ball that he faced.

The leg spinner Adil Rashid was the one who dismissed Morgan. It was a fuller length ball from the legie which straightened slightly after pitching and hit Morgan’s pad in front of the middle stump. The umpire didn’t have to think much to give that out. His finger went up immediately.

Despite Morgan’s cheap dismissal, Middlesex managed to win that match courtesy of a great partnership between Dawid Malan and Adam Rossington for the 5th wicket. Both these players put up a partnership of 135 runs in 112 balls.

Malan got out when Middlesex required 36 more runs to win. But, that wicket didn’t help Yorkshire much as the next batsman Neil Dexter played calmly and saw Middlesex home along with Rossington.