James Anderson backs hapless Jonathan Trott

“It’s something he’s well aware of, and has worked very hard at since he’s come over here,” said Anderson. “But a guy like that doesn’t average 50 in Test cricket because he can’t play the short ball.

We know he can. He’s obviously going through a difficult period, but we know he’s got a lot of character and skill —enough to come out the other end.

“It’s something for Trotty to figure out. It’s down to him and our coaches to come out the other end of this.”

Trott’s struggles are symptomatic of the tourists’ collective difficulties against Johnson here, and Anderson added: “We didn’t perform well at all yesterday with the bat.

But we’ve got an opportunity now to show some character and some try to stay in the game. We’ve got that fight & character in abundance
in our dressing room.” 

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