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The Ashes Zone: how Australia won tactical battle against Trott
Nasser Hussain analyses how Australia's seamers changed their line of attack to Jonathan Trott.
Last Updated: 11/07/13 11:51am
Former England skipper Hussain analysed the tactical battle between bat and ball in The Ashes Zone, Sky Cricket's new analysis centre, highlighting how the tourists' bowlers adjusted their radars to compensate for Trott's penchant for the leg-side.
Click on the video above to see how Australia erred in the early stages of Trott's innings before skipper Michael Clarke cajoled them into a wider off-side line in a bid to negate the batsman's strengths and - ultimately induce a false shot.
"You have to give Australia credit," said Hussain after Peter Siddle bowled Trott off the inside edge to end an innings of 48 of 80 balls with nine fours.
"When Trott first came in they bowled to him like they did in Australia - they were very straight - but Michael Clarke is a very good captain and quickly after lunch he got them to bowl outside off-stump.
"Most of his dismissals in Tests in England have been outside off-stump where he has to play with his bat at 45 degrees away from his body and that brings the outside and inside edge into play."
Hussain also takes a look at Trott's dismissals against seam in Tests played in England and asks whether the number three batsman now needs to change his approach to counter Australia's game-plan.
Nasser on Bairstow
As wickets clattered about him, Jonny Bairstow reached 32no at pretty much a run-a-ball prompting Nasser to champion the Yorkshire lad's conscious effort to play straighter rather than across the line.
Prone to being castled, Nasser focused on Bairstow's improved position at the crease and how it should reap runs - even when batting with the tail.
It's a tip he might want to take on board after Mitchell Starc cleaned out his off-stump as Bairstow (37 off 51 balls) attempted to hit towards mid-wicket, his edge pointing down the pitch as the ball passed his bat.