Trott says “it's not our job to do anything with regards to opposition players,” adding that would be up to the International Cricket Council. -Photo by Reuters

DUBAI: England batsman Jonathan Trott on Saturday refused to be drawn into the ongoing controversy over Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's action, saying it was up to the game's governing body and officials to decide.

The prelude to the three-Test series was surrounded by Ajmal's mystery delivery which he claimed to unveil against England.

Ajmal took a career best 7-55 and 3-42 to help Pakistan rout England by ten wickets inside three days, triggering doubts over the legitimacy of his bowling action which was already questioned and cleared in 2009.

Former England paceman Bob Willis sparked the controversy by saying he has problems with Ajmal's doosra -- a delivery bowled with the same action but turns the other way than an off-break.

When asked about Ajmal's action, Trott said: “It's not really my place, I've played against the bowler before and we've been pretty successful.

“With regards to delivery action and stuff, that wouldn't be beneficial for us to worry about the legitimiacy of someone's action, it's important that we won the next game and don't take our attention off that,” said Trott.

“It's their (on-field umpires) job, its not our job to do anything with regards to opposition players, we've got to worry about outselves. The fact of the matter is we are 1-0 down and we've got to win the next match.”

The second Test starts in Abu Dhabi from January 25. Dubai will stage the thrid and final Test from February 3-7. The teams will also play four one-day and three Twenty20 internationals.

Trott, 30, praised Ajmal but refused to accept England needed specific preparations against him.

“Of course, whenever somebody takes ten wickets whether seamer or spinner, I don't think you go around preparing for a specific type of bowling or a person you try and make sure that your game is in good order,” said Trott.

Trott said he was confident England can stage a comeback.

“Since I have been a part of this team for two and a bit years, we've had a few losses, but we have managed to bounce back in the following games, so it's a case of hopefully being able to do that again,” he said.

England team director Andy Flower said he has his own views on Ajmal's action.

“I don't think that (Ajmal's action) has got into the guys heads,” said Flower on Friday.

“Our job is to deal with whatever bowlers bowl against us and the ICC's job is to police the guy. I have got my own private views and talking about them here is not going to help any situations,” said Flower.

Flower accepted England's three-day capitulation was a shock.

“It was a bit of a shock. We played and batted poorly. Test cricket is a tough game. If you give people an opening like that they will punish you. The Pakistan side is good enough to do that,” said Flower, a former Zimbabwe batsman.

Updated Jan 21, 2012 10:38am

Comments (12) (Closed)


Amjad
Jan 21, 2012 05:14pm
Of course they are worried
rahu
Jan 21, 2012 07:38pm
though i am indian but i am juvaliant by pakistan thrashing england. these englishmen ,aus,southafrican without winning in asia start cosidered themseves no1 as like asia does not exist. ajmal is best offspiner in the world now in the world but english media and their coach are spreading venom abut his action . english,aus,sa cant play spin it is not ajmal fault its fault of their batting technique but whole english media is targeting ajmal read daily mail and the daily telegraph in which they ate talking abut murli,saqlain,harbhajan,ajmal saying asia is hub of chuckers . these whit people are always insecure they cant play cricket properly so they start to blame other thing rather then their cricket ability. pakistan shuld thrash eng in three days next two test also and nasir hussain mouth wil shut up in commentary box.
Mustafa
Jan 21, 2012 08:34pm
Team Pakistan, go and win the next test with in 3 days. This will demoralize the English team. Our team must reveal, through performance, that we believe in team work and not in individual performances.
M. Asghar
Jan 21, 2012 10:53pm
If they (England) are worried about the next test, it is their problem, but the Pakistan team must remain cool and determinedly focussed with all the inventiveness of the bowlers and the steadfastness of the battters and the fielders, because this game is going to be decisive for the final outcome of the series.
AK
Jan 22, 2012 12:40am
Ajmal took out the whole team, they should really be worried about their own team and focus their energy on themselves instead of being losers. Hope PAK will continue down this road and finish the job in the remaining matches!
salim mastan
Jan 22, 2012 01:59am
Cricket it is a very mental game, it is the winning attitude it is very hard work and one wins whn all play as a team well done Pakistan. Next step is to keep the winning attitude.and go for no 1 position
Afzal Khan
Jan 22, 2012 03:32am
How Many Ajmal,s the English point to there is Gul,Hafeez,Adnan.how many they will blaming and crying about English media and ECB both are cry babies! how
afzal
Jan 22, 2012 03:50am
Yes Trott you are not worried it is just your media and ECB is worried about losing the series? it,s coming soon will be 3 nothing we have Umer,Hafeez,and many other in this team this time we will not lose from England!
Naeem
Jan 22, 2012 08:00am
I have my own views on Shawn's bowling action. I also have my own view as to why does he wear long sleeves. And as far as the English are concerned, I have my own view of how much of a cry baby they are!!!
Afzal Khan
Jan 22, 2012 08:00am
Yes you are?
guphay@yahoo.com
Jan 22, 2012 09:37am
When ever an english player goes on to bat these days, their loved one say "Ajmal aa Gya Ga"
Faiman
Jan 22, 2012 03:17pm
Act like gentle man Mr Troot, because its a gentle man's game.