Troughton looks ahead
Jim Troughton accepts that his England days are likely over, but believes the Warwickshire captaincy has come to him at the right time.
The 32-year-old batsman, who won six one-day international caps in 2003, succeeded Ian Westwood as Warwickshire skipper in November.
Having had a taste of the role in the latter stages of last season’s Friends Provident t20, Troughton is relishing the prospect of leading his only county.
“I think realistically the boat’s sailed from the harbour in terms of England, but I think that’s why I’m so excited in terms of the captaincy,” he told ecb.co.uk on Warwickshire’s pre-season trip to Barbados.
“As a county cricketer, you always wants to play for England, but if that doesn’t happen the next best thing for me will be able to lead Warwickshire out at Edgbaston this year.”
The left-hander, who averaged only 20 in the LV= County Championship last year, is confident he will score sufficient runs not to undermine his role - which was a problem for Westwood.
“It’s a juggling act, being able to keep your own game ticking over as well as looking after the guys and making decisions,” added Troughton.
“I feel like I’m at that time in my career now that I need this extra responsibility and hopefully it will be something that brings my game on even further.”
Troughton has set an ambitious target of finishing in the top four of the championship and reaching the semi-finals of the FPt20 and the Clydesdale Bank 40.
“We’ll be looking for top four in all competitions,” he said. “Our one-day form and Twenty20 form was fantastic the last couple of seasons. Obviously we’re Pro40 champions and we want to defend that.
“In the championship we had a bit of a rocky season midway through but we dragged it back, finished respectably and we feel it’s a reasonable ask to finish in that top four and really push for the top.”