Until a better player comes along, Jonathan Trott will play: Andy Flower

Jonathan Trott remained unbeaten on 98 off 116 balls in the third ODI against India Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Oct 21, 2011

England coach Andy Flower has defended middle-order batsman Jonathan Trott s role in the one-day side, comparing his methods and effectiveness with Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene.

“You say that his strike rate is low. Is his strike-rate any lower than Mahela Jayawardene’s in one-day cricket? Check those stats,” Flower was quoted by The Guardian.

Trott has a career average of 53.15 with a strike-rate of 78.58 in 38 ODIs, whereas Jayawardene averages 33.48 at a strike-rate of 77.80 in 352 ODIs.

However, among the top five players currently active who have played more than 20 ODIs and have an average of more than 50, Trott’s strike-rate is the slowest.

England set a 299-run target for India to win in the third ODI, but lost the match by five wickets.

“Since he started playing one-day cricket for England, he has been very consistent and that consistency has helped us score bigger totals. I think, if anything, some of the players around him have underperformed with the bat, and I think he’s playing good cricket. Until a better player comes along, Jonathan Trott will play,” he said.