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Trott: Patience was rewarded

Jonathan Trott was delighted that England's patience and pressure yielded late rewards after a tough third day of the final Test in India.

Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni kept the visiting attack at bay for two full sessions before England hit back to claim four vital wickets by stumps as India closed on 297-8.

 

Kohli was trapped lbw by Graeme Swann for 103 to end a fifth-wicket stand of 198 with skipper Dhoni, who was narrowly run out by Alastair Cook's direct hit on 99.

 

"They played unbelievably well for five hours, and credit to them for that," Trott said of Kohli and Dhoni.

 

"But we stuck to our guns, kept the pressure on them and eventually we got a breakthrough and were able to push on.

 

"You've just got to trust yourself and your team-mates that when you get the chance you're able to take it - which happened.

 

"Five hours without a wicket, then four wickets in an hour - that's what can happen, a fantastic advertisement for the game," added Trott, who believes Cook's run out of Dhoni could be a series clinching moment.

 

"It changes things massively, obviously," he said. "It's a credit to the guys for sticking it out for five hours, not getting a wicket, and then coming back into the game and evening it out.

 

"It's pretty neck and neck. It's thanks to the bowlers - and then to get a chance like Alastair did, and to be able to take it, is a game-changer and maybe a series-changer."