Trott comes in for Warwickshire
England batsman Jonathan Trott bolsters Warwickshire’s line-up against Somerset in today’s Clydesdale Bank 40 final at Lord’s.
Trott, who played in yesterday’s NatWest Series one-day international defeat to Pakistan, replaces Varun Chopra in the Bears’ only change from last Saturday’s semi-final win against Yorkshire.
Chopra can count himself unlucky to miss out, having struck a fluent 76 at the top of the order to put his side on course for a four-wicket Duckworth-Lewis victory at Scarborough.
Another England batsman, Ian Bell, continues to lead Warwickshire in the CB40, as he has done since recovering from a fractured metatarsal.
Warwickshire director of cricket Ashley Giles, whose side avoided relegation in the LV= County Championship this week by defeating Hampshire, admits the match is a “season-defining” one.
“Is it a defining match for our season? Probably, yes,” he said. “But we’ve had a fantastic month, we’ve won four out of five championship matches, moved from bottom of the table to sixth and our one-day cricket has been good all year so we’re definitely an improving team.
“A couple of our youngsters haven’t even been to Lord’s before though so it’s been good to get them down here and get used to it.
“I suppose I can share my experiences with them to some extent because I’ve been there. It’s just about getting used to the nerves, the dry mouth...there will be a big crowd, shouting and cheering, but it’s normal.
“Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell are both available so they will play too. They’re high quality cricketers and they’re Warwickshire through and through.
“It’s sad for the ones who will miss out but that’s the game, I remember I played a quarter and a semi in 1995 and missed out on the final.”
Somerset are set to name the side that thrashed Essex by 95 runs in the semi-final at Taunton last Saturday.
Since then they narrowly missed out on the championship Division One title, despite finishing level on points with Nottinghamshire - who prevailed by winning one more game.
Having also lost out on the Friends Provident t20 crown to Hampshire by losing one more wicket in last month’s tied final, Somerset will be hoping to make it third time lucky.
Vice-captain Alfonso Thomas said: "The one good thing that has come out of this is that we have all now had experience of what it is like to come so close to winning a trophy on two occasions this summer."
"If there is something to play for then Lord's is the place you want to be playing because it really is a very special place and there is nowhere else quite like it.
"I am sure that the boys will be giving it their all against Warwickshire to try to make sure that we get at least one piece of silverware from the season - so it will be business as usual for Somerset and we will be going out to win the CB40 for everyone involved at the club."
Somerset have included young all-rounder Lewis Gregory, who took four wickets on his first-team debut in the one-day game against Pakistan at the start of the month, in a squad of 13.
Somerset squad: Marcus Trescothick (captain), Craig Kieswetter (wicketkeeper), Peter Trego, Nick Compton, James Hildreth, Jos Buttler, Arul Suppiah, Ben Phillips, Alfonso Thomas, Murali Kartik, Mark Turner, Max Waller, Lewis Gregory.
Warwickshire team: Ian Bell (captain), Neil Carter, Jonathan Trott, Keith Barker, Jim Troughton, Darren Maddy, Rikki Clarke, Ant Botha, Chris Woakes, Richard Johnson (wicketkeeper), Imran Tahir.