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Cook: Trott has right character
Alastair Cook fully expects Jonathan Trott to prove his worth as an England player.
However, Cook admitted that the door to the one-day team may be shut on him for the time being.
Trott announced himself on the international stage last summer in the most dramatic of fashions, hitting a crucial century to help win the final Test at the Brit Oval and clinch the Ashes for England.
But he has since endured a leaner time, scoring just one fifty in the Test series against his native South Africa.
His record in the 50-over format is better, with an average of a shade under 50 in four ODIs.
But two sedate knocks at the head of the innings in the recent Twenty20 series against Pakistan have made him the man most likely to pay the price for Craig Kieswetter's sudden emergence at the top of the order.
Cook, who will also open after being restored to the limited-overs side as captain, all but accepted that Trott is no longer seen as a first-choice for the three-game series against Bangladesh, which starts in Dhaka.
He did, though, offer a forceful tribute to the strength of mind he feels will see Trott right.
"He started off really well and then at the end of the South Africa tour he didn't score as many as he'd have liked," admitted Cook.
"That was his first international tour and it was a long one as well as a particularly tough one for him, being South Africa.
"It's a different animal, touring and playing for three months against a top side like them. But he learned things there that will stand him in good stead. He's a tough character.
"He proved that against Australia. He's definitely got the right character to play international cricket. To score a century on debut against Australia in a must-win Test match for England shows he has got character."
Despite that testimony, there appears to be no immediate route into the three-match series against the Tigers.
"It's not as if he's lost it or anything, but selection is a very tough world in professional sport," said Cook.
"It's nothing personal but it's just that at the moment we feel this is probably the way to go.
"It's amazing how quickly cricket can change in terms of selection."
Cook himself knows all about the vagaries of the selection process, having been confined to the status of Test specialist for much of the last two years before being restored to the one-day team as skipper for the forthcoming series.
He is now keen to showcase the new-found hitting power he has developed in the shorter form.
"I'm desperate to show people I can play one-day cricket," he said.
"I have done well in the past. I scored a hundred against India and then tailed off and was dropped.
"So I feel like I have got a little point to prove with my batting and I hopefully I can do that here.
"Last summer, when I played some Twenty20 cricket for Essex, really helped....the relaxation of just having to go and smash it. I was playing shots I didn't think I could play.
"When the shots come off it's amazing what a bit of confidence can do."
 
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