Jonathan Trott expects Andrew Strauss to rediscover form

By Tom FordyceChief sports writer, BBC Sport

England batsman Jonathan Trott has backed skipper Andrew Strauss to rediscover his form this summer.

Strauss's position has been questioned because he has only scored one century in his last 50 Test innings and averages just 28 over the past 17 months of Test cricket.

"The criticism comes with the territory," Trott told BBC Sport.

"We saw what happened with Alastair Cook. He had a bad run and went on to become Test batsman of the year."

Trott added: "I'm not saying Strauss is going to do that, but he might go on to score even more. Who knows what this game has in store for us.

"I think it would be a very boring place for the media if everyone was getting runs. They love turning on people.

"If all seven batsmen are scoring runs and all four or five bowlers are getting wickets, the columns wouldn't be very long.

"There's much more to write about when the team's not doing well or if someone's not doing well. When the team's not doing well there'll be three pages; when they're doing well there will be one column."

Strauss is now 35 years old, two years older than his fellow Ashes-winning predecessor Michael Vaughan was when he left the role in 2008.

Nasser Hussain stepped down as England skipper at the same age, while another long-term skipper, Michael Atherton, left the captaincy aged 29 and retired as a batsman aged 33.

But Trott, who has been one of the stand-out successes of Strauss's time in charge, says the current captain has the full backing of his side.

Trott also admitted the four Test defeats this winter - three by Pakistan and one by Sri Lanka - had been difficult for a struggling batting line-up to cope with.

He said: "I think we might have been caught on the hop a little bit. The way we beat Pakistan 3-1 16 months earlier… the guys were really determined to do well, but we just didn't get the rub of the green.

"Over three Tests, if you've been thumped 3-0 you can't have played that great cricket, but in the second Test we were chasing 130, and bowled them out for 90-odd on a flat pitch in Dubai.

"We only have ourselves to blame. When we get four or five good days together, as we did in the second Test in Sri Lanka, you can see what a dominant side we can be.

"The bowling and the fielding were our usual high standards, but the batting this winter was the least impressive point."