There were a lot of people who were of the opinion that Jonathan Trott might not play for England again when he had returned back home from Australia after the first Ashes test match, but, the Warwickshire batsman has been reported to be recovering quite well from his illness and if everything goes well, he might be seen batting at no. 3 for England again in the test series against Sri Lanka.
However, before that, he would play some matches for his county at the start of the next season.
Trott’s withdrawal from the Ashes series was one of the main reasons why England suddenly started looking like an unbalanced test team over there. The sedate right hander was the main pillar of their batting as he had got great technique.
The England management tried Joe Root and Ian Bell at no. 3 from the second test onwards, but, neither of them could bat well at that position and thus, England lost each and every test match in that series.
Now after Pietersen’s retirement, the England test side is lacking experience. So, they would be eager to have Trott back as soon as possible.
Trott is important for England not only in test cricket, but, in the One Day Internationals as well. He has been quite successful in the 50-over format in the last 3 years and with the next world cup to be played in testing conditions, he is the man on whom England would bank.
However, it would not be easy for him to find that Midas touch straightaway after his comeback. He has probably gone through the worst phase of his career. So, he would need some time to be back in shape and it’s good that he would get some county games before the test series against Sri Lanka.
Trott currently averages close to 47 in test cricket.
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Jonathan Trott’s weakness against the short balls was exposed by Mitchell Johnson in the first Ashes test match which was played at Brisbane. Trott got out against the short pitched delivery in both the innings of that test match.
Trott had looked uncomfortable against the short pitched bowling in the last Ashes back home in England as well and that’s why, the Aussies planned to pepper him with the short pitched stuff. As soon as he came on to bat in the first innings, the Aussie skipper Michael Clarke placed two men back on the boundary for the hook as well as a forward short leg.
Johnson started delivering his thunderbolts and Trott was all over the place. He just didn’t have the idea how to deal with that sort of stuff. After taking a couple of blows on his body, he eventually glove one to the wicketkeeper Brad Haddin down the leg side and departed.
The Aussies did the same thing against Trott in the second innings too. The field placing was same and again, it was Johnson who did him with his bounce. However, this time around, he didn’t get caught behind the wicket. He was caught on the square leg fence trying to play a half hearted hook shot. He didn’t have any control over that shot and the ball went straight into the bucket hands of the fielder standing at deep square leg.
Trott is one of the experienced players in this English side and if he keeps getting out like this, it won’t send a good message to the young players in the squad. He needs to find a way to deal with the bounce of Johnson who will again be coming at him at Adelaide.