Marcus Trescothick admitted England needed to “raise their game” having faltered on the first day of the LV= Insurance Test Match at Trent Bridge, with the hosts bowled out for 183, despite record-breaking runs from Joe Root.

The home side recovered from early wickets to reach 138-4, but the loss of Jonny Bairstow sparked a run of wickets for India, after Root had become England’s top run scorer across all formats.

“Everything here, including the statistics, dictates the theory of batting first,” Trescothick said, “but we have put ourselves under pressure with the score we have got.

“We are disappointed not to get more runs on the board. We lost wickets at important times.

“I’m not worried though. I see them [England batsmen] play and practice, we have to make sure we remain positive.

"Today has not been ideal, but that doesn't define how the game or series goes. We will come back tomorrow and go again.”

Trescothick, England’s Batting Coach, accepted the amount of time England’s batsmen have spent playing red-ball cricket in recent weeks and defended his, and other coaches’, access to players.

“Of course you want players to have played a good amount of red-ball cricket, but there is no easy solution and something has to give,” he said.

“We don't want to use it as an excuse. You’ve got to find a way of getting into the match. We accept the fact that it is what it is. You have got to find a way to be self-sufficient.

“Players get a lot of work done with their county, and we then have strategic plans in place to work with players when they aren't there.

“If we can find a time where there are red-ball games before Tests then excellent, but often you go into Test Match cricket coming off the back of white-ball cricket.”

The former England opener also credited India for their display with the ball.

The visiting seam quartet shared the wickets between them, with Jasprit Bumrah claiming four, and Mohammed Shami three, before openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul survived the 13 overs faced in the evening session. 

“India are at the most potent they have been in a while, and they have a lot of bases covered,” Trescothick said. 

“Even the guys who are not playing in the team have a lot of quality. They have a good stock of bowlers and they didn’t get to be in the World Test Championship Fiinal for no reason. 

“A lot of people watched when they went to Australia and how well they performed. We know it is a real contest, and we have to raise our game. We have the ability but it’s about executing that.”


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