Trott: We can only blame ourselves
Jonathan Trott admitted too many England batsmen contributed to their own downfall as Australia grabbed the advantage after the opening day of the fourth Investec Test at Chester-le-Street.
Captain Alastair Cook's decision to bat first on a slow wicket was undone by poor shot selection, and the metronomy of Australia's attack, to leave England 238 for nine at stumps.
Ian Bell, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann's dismissals were the most glaringly preventable - each recklessly picking out fielders - while Jonny Bairstow and Matt Prior both fell lbw after they almost ground to a halt in the evening session.
Trott too took the blame as he fell unexpectedly, caught at short-leg to gift Nathan Lyon the first of his four wickets on a day the off-spinner bowled intelligently rather than with any considerable turn.
Trott (49) had seemed in control alongside Cook (51) as they moved the score to 106 for one, only for Australia to earn reward for their patient lines thereafter.
"I was disappointed there in getting out in a soft way. The ball wasn't really turning a huge amount," Trott said.
"Generally in cricket you get yourself out or it is good pressure from the opposition and you play a shot to a ball that you shouldn't have.
"It's not too often you get unplayable deliveries. It's not often you'd say that so generally the fault is on yourself as batsmen and I think we could all probably say that today.
"It was a little bit uncharacteristic for us as a side, we've put a lot of emphasis and value on our wicket.
"I certainly try and do that as much as I can. Whenever that doesn't happen you are disappointed, so there are a few disappointed guys."
Lyon was the pick of the bowlers after his return of four for 42 included front-line batsmen Trott, Bell, Bairstow and Kevin Pietersen.
While Trott was slightly unlucky to fall off an inside edge off his pad, the same could not be said for Bell, who picked out mid-off four balls after tea, before Bairstow missed a sweep moments after ending a 65-minute drought between runs.
"You look at his figures and you think we didn't play him the best," Trott said.
"I think my dismissal started it. We've had a lot of success against spin in the past so the guys will be disappointed.
"There will be a few guys keen to put it right in the second innings and hopefully we can."
Despite the frustration of their dismissals, England's position hardly appears match-damaging on a pitch that has proved difficult to score runs on first in the LV= County Championship this season.
Durham's 267 against Warwickshire last month remains the highest first-innings score so far this term, and while Trott concedes Australia hold the initiative, he believes it can be wrestled back.
"Hopefully tomorrow we can scrape a few more and get some early wickets because I think 250 is an average score around here at Durham," he said.
"That is the easy route to go and say we are at par when clearly we are not - we didn't have the best of days towards the end.
"But I wouldn't say it's a serious concern. We are disappointed we got ourselves into a good position and then got ourselves into a bad position.
"We're not too sure what a good score is first innings on that wicket.
"I think batting first was the correct decision and getting ourselves to about 150 for two. In hindsight it was right but as a group we are pretty disappointed that we've ended the day behind."
While Lyon took the plaudits, he claimed the pressure built by all of Australia's bowlers - on a day 29 maidens were bowled - was key to their success.
"We bowled quite well. Our pace bowlers bowled fantastically but we've been well supported in the field with David Warner and Chris Rogers running around in the field," he said.
"We knew building pressure is the way you take Test match wickets, that's the way you play Test cricket. You've got to be patient.
"Building pressure from both ends is going to cause, hopefully, an error somewhere along the line.
"We're happy with the way we bowled today."