The English selectors have dropped hints that Jonathan Trott might be brought in the mix soon in test match cricket for England. The Warwickshire player has been given a place in the England Lions squad that will be travelling to South Africa to play a few first class games.
Although the selection in the Lions’ squad is not a guarantee that Trott would be back for England’s next test assignment, but, it surely means that he is on the fringes.
However, the next two test series that England has to play are against West Indies and Australia respectively.
The series against Australia would again be a high profile one and there would be huge pressure on the players and more importantly, Mitchell Johnson would again be steaming in with his tail up.
So, would it be right for the selectors to get Trott in the thick of things for that series? That’s the question.
It is understood that it was the nasty short stuff by Mitchell Johnson in the ODI series in England and then, in the Ashes series in Australia last year that had shaken Trott mentally.
Now, to get him to face that same bowler again in just a year’s time, it would certainly be a little tough on him. But, that’s professional cricket is all about.
However, even if Trott returns, where he would bat? His batting position of no. 3 has been taken by Garry Balance now and the rest of the batting positions in the England batting line up are also well occupied.
An opener’s place is up for grabs, but, Trott has never opened on a regular basis even at the first class level. So, he would be a bit reluctant to open at the test level especially when he is coming back from such a horrific illness.
But, one thing is for sure, for his contributions to England cricket in the past, Trott deserves at least one more opportunity.