Trott reflects on rotation
Jonathan Trott is delighted to be able to prove the wisdom and effectiveness of England's rest and rotation policy.
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Trott has returned to one-day international cricket this week with back-to-back half-centuries against New Zealand - the second, his unbeaten 65 in Napier on Wednesday in a winning cause to help England level the three-match series at 1-1 with one to play.
The reliable number three was excused England's five-match series in India last month, and on Sunday in Hamilton was playing for the first time since the Nagpur Test in December.
He batted, however, as if he had never been away, if not even better thanks to his month off.
"That's the idea really," he said.
"You rest, so that you're fresh when you come back in and it's important you perform when you do that."
Trott began with 68 at Seddon Park last weekend - and after he and Joe Root completed England's run chase in his 56th match, he once more averages more than 50 in ODI cricket.
It is a proud record, and one Trott makes it clear is not achieved without much hard work.
"Playing for England is a big responsibility, and brings the pressure of being able to perform when it matters and counts.
"I was very happy to be able to do that, and hope I can continue for the rest of the tour."
His next assignment will be Saturday's decider at Auckland's Eden Park, where England will be hoping their bowlers - as well as the top four - can stay in the groove.
James Anderson, rewarded with a five-wicket haul, and Steven Finn were especially impressive with the new ball in Napier on Wednesday.
"It's important when you win the toss and decide to bowl first that you set the tone, and our opening bowlers certainly did that - Finny and Jimmy did really well," said Trott.
"But also the bowlers backed them up towards the end.
"(Brendon) McCullum played a fantastic innings, but we held together and bowled them out for what was an achievable total."
In fact, both McCullum and Ross Taylor - who hit his seventh ODI hundred - gave England plenty to think about.
Yet in the end, a target of 269 all out on a very good batting surface was well within the reach of the tourists - who won by eight wickets with more than two overs to spare.
"It was very encouraging," added Trott.
"It's always important to bounce back from a disappointing defeat like we had in Hamilton.
"We feel we were close there, and maybe should have won that game as well.
"But this was a comprehensive victory, and sets up an interesting series final game in Auckland."