<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Michael Vaughan opines those criticising Jonathan Trott don't know cricket" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130605084110.jpg" title="Michael Vaughan opines those criticising Jonathan Trott don't know cricket" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Jonathan Trott slammed 109 not out off 104 balls but could not prevent an 86-run defeat against New Zealand © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>London: Jun 5, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Michael-Vaughan/post" target="_blank">Michael Vaughan</a> believes all those who criticise <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England </a>batsman <a href="/tags/Jonathan-Trott/post" target="_blank">Jonathan Trott</a> for slow scoring are talking "nonsense".<br /> <br /> Trott top-scored for England with 109 not out off 104 balls but could not prevent an <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/New-Zealand-seal-series-with-86-run-win-over-England-in-2nd-ODI/27382" target="_blank">86-run defeat against New Zealand at Southampton</a> on Sunday that saw the tourists take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in a three-match one-day series.<br /> <br /> South Africa-born Trott, 32, has often been accused of slow-scoring.<br /> <br /> But former England captain Vaughan said the real batting issue for England's one-day side was the form of the rest of the top order, not Trott's method.<br /> <br /> Asked if the criticism might get to Trott, Vaughan — who led England to Ashes glory in 2005 — said: "I hope not, because I think it is nonsense, I really do.<br /> <br /> "The Trott debate was a debate maybe two years ago, but it is null and void now because he has scored 2,500 runs.<br /> <br /> "He has a strike rate of 75. I know that if everyone strikes at 75, the average score will be 225. What is important are the other players around him — they are the ones I would be looking at rather than Jonathan Trott.<br /> <br /> "If you have someone who averages 50 and regularly scores you runs, the rest of the batting order should be able to play the natural game, be a bit more aggressive and get you to the 275-325 target.<br /> <br /> "Whoever is criticising Trott at this moment in time, they don't know the game."<br /> <br /> Hosts England will begin their Champions Trophy campaign against Australia in Edgbaston on Saturday on the back of their first home one-day series defeat in four years but Vaughan said Alastair Cook's side could still clinch their first major title in the 50-over format.<br /> <br /> "England have got a great chance of winning the Champions Trophy," said Vaughan. "But they have chosen the wrong time to lose the first series since 2009 - the week before it starts, so they are not going into it with any kind of confidence.<br /> <br /> "If they come out of the blocks and beat Australia, they will be right back in the hunt and one of the favourites to win the trophy.<br /> <br /> "I'm not worried yet. I think Steven Finn and Stuart Broad not being in the last two games [through injury] was a big loss, and Kevin Pietersen is a huge loss as well with his injury.<br /> <br /> "There are two areas England need to work on. On the tactical side of when they are in the field, what they do for the first 35 overs — be a bit more aggressive, try to take more wickets.<br /> <br /> "And when they bat, I think they have got to be a bit more powerful. I think they are really lacking Pietersen because of that power factor."