Trott century ensures series win for England

Remorseless batting from Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell ensured England won their first series in India since 1985. After a difficult 2012 the success ended the year in the best possible style and set up England for the crucial Ashes summer of 2013.

Trott and Bell batted serenely, Trott seeming to thrive on a couple of controversial incidents. The Indians were angry when the batsman sauntered forward to hammer the ball for four after the bowler Ravindra Jadeja had let it slip out of his hand during the delivery. Trott also clashed with the fast bowler Ishant Sharma who claimed Trott had nicked a catch to the wicket-keeper, but he didn’t let the incidents disturb his steady progress to a score of 143.

It would seem that a little needle is just what Trott needs as he has been in indifferent form for much of the year. He and Bell both claimed centuries on a ground that was not helpful to bowlers and the match ended in a draw to leave England 2-1 victors in the series.

Captain Alastair Cook was understandably jubilant and impressed with the way his team responded after losing the first Test in Ahmedabad. "It has been an incredible tour,” he said. "I can't praise the guys enough for their effort. Everyone has contributed. The willingness to learn and to front up to what was a very tough challenge was fantastic."

Cook has led by example, with only a couple of poor umpiring decisions preventing his scores from becoming stratospheric. England could take numerous positives from the series though, including the debuts of a couple of promising batting prospects in Joe Root and Nick Compton and the rediscovery of the spin-bowling potency of Monty Panesar. The Australians may have been watching with some trepidation ahead of the Ashes.

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