Trott itching to get back in the middle

Jonathan Trott is eager for the second Test

Jonathan Trott is eager for the second Test

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Jonathan Trott is impatient to get back in the middle and help right the wrongs of England's first-Test defeat against India.

The tourists folded to a nine-wicket defeat in Ahmedabad on Monday, despite Alastair Cook's brave second-innings 176. Trott is thankful there are only three days between that disappointment, at the start of the four-match series, and the second Test - due to get under way at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday

"You wouldn't want a week or eight days mulling over the game; you want to get back out there and batting and crack on," said England's number three, whose duck and second-innings 17 at the Sardar Patel Stadium made him a member of England's under-performing middle order.

"Travelling to Kolkata 1-1 [for the third Test] would be great. We understand the challenge for us in these three games, but we know we can do it."

England's batting line-up will be disrupted by one enforced change this week, with Ian Bell temporarily back at home following the birth of his first child on Monday.

The likelihood is that there will be a return at number five for Jonny Bairstow, arguably unlucky to be overlooked for the first Test after making 95 and 54 in his last two innings at the highest level as the then out-of-favour Kevin Pietersen's understudy against South Africa at Lord's.

The final batting spot will be between Samit Patel, twice a shade unfortunate to be given out lbw in Ahmedabad, and left-hander Eoin Morgan, who may yet sway selection to try to help Cook break up the lines of India's two spinners Pragyan Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin.

England may also choose to select Monty Panesar as a second specialist spinner of their own alongside Graeme Swann, on a pitch Trott expects will give everyone a chance to excel.

"There is a little bit more bounce," he said.

"Ahmedabad was quite low and slow. We hope our seam bowlers can exploit that, a little bit more bounce for spin and seam - and obviously a little bit more turn as well."

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