Mumbai, Oct 22 (IANS) England's seasoned middle-order batsman Jonathan Trott said Saturday that the visitors are desperate to win the remaining two ODIs of the five-match series against India.
Having lost the series 0-3, Trott said England haven't played well in India.
'I just think we haven't played as well as we did in England. I think India played well. They will admit they played a lot better than what they did in the summer,' Trott said on the eve of the fourth ODI here at the Wankhede Stadium.
'But there are two games to go and a good performance in those games would give us a spring while going back,' he said.
'It's definitely not a case of damage limitation. It's a case of realising that you haven't played well in the first three games. We haven't played up to our expectations. India have played better cricket. It's an opportunity in for us the last two games to put some good performances for the team as well as individuals,' the South-Africa born player said.
Trott said England's failure to play well in key moments in the series was the difference between the two teams.
'I can't pinpoint the exact reason. I think we lost key periods of the games or India played well in the key periods of the games. I think we played well the other night (at Mohali when England mustered 298). Got a good total but just could not get across the line. Our basics haven't been up to the scratch. Things like big partnerships, fielding. We haven't done well. Good opportunity there up tomorrow and the next game,' Trott said.
On the verbal wars between the two teams, Trott said such things happen in the heat of the moment.
'Whichever XI takes the field, are highly motivated to win. I think guys get across very well. It comes across differently on TV which is not the case. We get the best out of each other. Sometimes you go out of way to do it and things happen in the heat of the moment. The guys take a lot of pride in their performance and want to win. That's what they want to do.'
'The match officials hadn't given any official warning. The officials have spoken to the two captains about that sort of stuff and that's all I've heard about the stuff going on,' he said.