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'It’s about taking confidence' - Trott expects England batsmen to be aggressive on final day
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'It’s about taking confidence' - Trott expects England batsmen to be aggressive on final day

Jonathan Trott feels England's relatively inexperienced batting line-up still has a lot to gain from the ongoing Southampton clash, which seems to be heading towards a certain draw.

The contest has been routinely blighted by unpleasant weather conditions, resulting in only 96.2 overs of play stretched across the four days thus far.

England will resume the final day at seven for one in response to Pakistan's 236 after surviving a rather testing period in the first hour on Sunday marked by considerable swing from the visitors' new-ball bowlers.

Trott, who is serving as the hosts' batting consultant for the Pakistan Tests, believes there is enough time for England's young batters to take confidence from an exciting battle on a trying Ageas Bowl surface.

He talked about the importance of showing intent instead of letting proceedings slide towards an insipid draw.

“It’s all about taking confidence into the next game, which is crucial for them. They will be sitting back in the hotel really ambitious and determined to do well,” Trott was quoted as saying by Press Association.

“It’s going to be about going out there and combatting the conditions we find. It is important we don’t just see it as a day to bat out and walk away with the draw to stay 1-0 up.

“There is still work to be done against the new ball to make sure we are in a good place for the third Test. Let’s just make sure we get the job done.

“We’ve seen strange things happen in cricket and we know the conditions will be pretty tough if the weather is similar again.”

While England are currently ranked No. 4 among the world's Test sides, Trott insisted they had the talent to climb to the summit of the rankings.

The former top-order batsman was a vital cog in England's formidable unit alongside Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen, when they claimed the No. 1 spot in 2011.

Trott conceded that there was a massive shortage of experience in the existing side since Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope collectively have a total of 46 caps between them.

But he cited England's remarkable three-wicket win over Pakistan last week as one of the examples depicting the team moving in the right direction.

“The team is in good hands. The way guys are going about it in Test cricket and steps taken to hopefully get back to number one in the world are in place and they’re going about it in the right way," the 39-year-old said.

“Test victories like the last game put you on track to go and do that, they give you confidence. But it’s at a different stage.

“I was lucky to play in the side I did, guys back then were in their late 20s, we had openers who played over 100 Tests, number four and five played over 100 Tests.

“At the moment we only have two bowlers [James Anderson and Stuart Broad] with over 100 Tests so the batting side is different. But these are exciting players who are at a different stage of their careers and that can only be good for English cricket.”