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Trott to get benefit year

Jonathan Trott will receive a benefit year at Warwickshire during the 2014 season.

The 32-year-old is in his 12th term at Edgbaston, having signed in 2002 after making 245 in a trial match for the Second XI.

He went on to notch a hundred on his first-class debut against Sussex in 2003 before scoring over 1,000 runs during Warwickshire's LV= County Championship-winning campaign the following year.

Trott's record of debut hundreds continued when he made his England Test bow in 2009, scoring 119 in the second innings of England's 197-run victory over Australia in an Ashes decider at the Oval.

He has gone on to play 48 Tests and 68 ODIs for England and been a part of three Ashes-winning squads.

“Warwickshire players, staff and supporters have been fantastic to me during my time here at Edgbaston," said Trott.

"Their support has been instrumental in helping me win trophies with the Bears and establishing myself in England’s Test and ODI teams.

“I love living in Birmingham and I had no hesitation in committing my long-term future to the Bears by signing a three-year contract extension last year.

“I’m very grateful to everyone connected to Warwickshire for this benefit year opportunity and I hope to announce a set of great events in the coming weeks.”

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown added: “I played with Jonathan early in his career and could see that he had a special talent.

"His runs in the 2004 County Championship were crucial to our success and built a platform for him to become one of the most dominant batsmen in the domestic game before winning his first England cap in 2009.

“He’s been a great servant to the Bears and is an excellent role model to aspiring young cricketers. We all wish him well with his benefit year.”

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