The Ashes: England batsman Jonathan Trott insists he is happy with his form
Jonathan Trott is confident he will soon be back amongst the runs after mixed fortunes in the first two Ashes Tests.
Last Updated: 25/07/13 12:49pm
Trott made 48 in the first innings at Trent Bridge before being given out for a controversial duck in the second innings after umpire Aleem Dar's not out decision was overruled by third umpire Marais Erasmus.
Trott believed he hit the ball and his lbw dismissal saw England teetering at 11-2, before they went on to amass a second innings total of 375 and subsequently beat Australia by 14 runs.
Ian Bell was England's saviour, scoring a vital 109, a feat he repeated in the second Test at Lord's, where Trott was unable to convert his first innings 58 to a century and was again out for a duck in the second innings. Instead, it was Joe Root who shone with a match-defining knock of 180.
However, Trott insists he feels in good nick, and when asked if his best is still to come this series, he said: "I hope so. I've felt good, actually.
"Sometimes you score runs and you're not feeling at the top of your game. I feel like I'm playing pretty well and it's been nice to get a couple of good partnerships, like with Belly at Lord's in a tricky situation, I suppose, at 28 for three.
"We put on 99 and he went on and got the big score that I would have liked. But there are still three games left and personally it would be nice to contribute in a similar way. Anybody can get out quite early in their innings, I suppose.
"You haven't contributed for the team but, if you get 50, at least you have done something towards the team effort - although on a personal note it is pretty upsetting because you have done all the hard work and you're feeling pretty good.
"It's frustrating but I feel in the past that I have contributed and the side has been successful. Other people like Joe and Ian have stepped in, perhaps it is my turn for the rest of the series."
The DRS system has been under the spotlight, especially after the Trent Bridge Test where Australia believed Stuart Broad should have been given out but had to stand by and watch as they had used up their allocation of reviews and the England bowler refused to walk.
Trott, however is philosophical about his own DRS dismissal during that game, even though it saw him leaving the field without troubling the scorers.
"Things go full circle and come back to you. I've played enough cricket to realise that and it's important not to focus on that too much and move on," Trott said.
"I wasn't happy, I wasn't walking off smiling and clapping my hands. But it's such a long series that things like that are probably going to happen and unfortunately it happened to me.
"But we were then 11 for two so I couldn't go back to the changing room and startt hrowing my toys and being upset about it. I had to be philosophical and say, 'Crikey, hopefully you guys get all the good decisions and things go our way from now on.'
"And I managed to do that. It's important that everyone has that mindset in the team because it is quite a high pressure situation in an Ashes Test match."
When asked when how long it took him to get over the decision, Trott said: "Maybe an hour or two. Just think about it and move on. It happens.
"Maybe that's a bit of a cliched thing to say. When I was a bit younger it might have been a bit harder to take - but the more experience you gain, the more able you are to move on a bit quicker."