England batsman Trott says safety first before march to victory

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Cape Town (South Africa), Dec. 22 (ANI): England middle-order batsman Jonathan Trott has vowed to continue his go-slow tactics as he believes playing it safe is his side's first target, before going for victory against their opponents.

Trott infuriated the Proteas, including several of his schoolboy friends - during his 69 on Sunday, which helped England save the First Test.

They complained and cursed his method of taking ages to prepare himself between deliveries and keeping the bowlers waiting.

Trott walks towards square leg, makes exaggerated scratches in his crease and composes his mind before resuming his stance for the next ball.

South African skipper Graeme Smith revealed that the umpires warned Trott - as he was during the one-day series. The Proteas players were throwing up their arms in anger and hurling abuse in Trott's direction.rott, however, insisted he has no intention of changing.

His 316-minute vigil on Sunday, during which he put on 145 for the fourth wicket with Kevin Pietersen, was the key factor in England escaping with a draw.

No.11 Graham Onions who survived the final over of the match from Makhaya Ntini finished the job.

The Sun quoted Trott, as saying: "I go about my business the way I think gets me prepared the best way and mentally ready for the challenge. I don't intentionally take my time to try to get under the skin of anyone, I am just getting myself prepared. I haven't had any complaints in the past - it has never been an issue in county cricket."

"But I suppose this is Test cricket and it is very competitive. I just worry about my game and am trying to win games for England," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 19:10 [IST]
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