Rejuvenated Trott raring to go

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Jonathan Trott

Having enjoyed a welcome break after his Ashes heroics, Jonathan Trott is looking forward to the trip to South Africa

Jonathan Trott insists he will be refreshed and ready to resume his fledgling England career in South Africa next month after returning from his honeymoon.

The Warwickshire batsman made a dream start to his Test career when he hit a memorable century on debut as England clinched the Ashes against Australia at the Brit Oval in August.

It was a heady beginning for South Africa-born Trott, although he has since played a minimal role in limited-overs cricket for England.

While he lined up in the one-day encounter against Ireland which followed the Ashes, and featured in the only Twenty20 international possible against Australia, he was overlooked for NatWest Series and Champions Trophy duty.

But Trott, 28, believes a spell away from the England set-up was a blessing in disguise as he was able to keep out of the spotlight which homed in on many of his team-mates.

After finishing the season with Warwickshire, Trott went on honeymoon to the United States, where he claims he was able to switch off from cricket ahead of England’s tour of South Africa starting next week.

“I have been away from the game for a bit which helps me relax; I have been away on my honeymoon actually,” he said.

“We got married in April at the start of the season, but with the cricket season we never got a chance to go away on honeymoon.

“We went over to the USA, to San Francisco and Las Vegas. I’m really into my US sports so I got to catch the 49ers in San Francisco and watch the Yankees in a play-off game.

“It’s definitely good to get away. I had been playing non-stop for Warwickshire since the final Test so I didn’t have much time to get away from cricket.

“When I was younger I thought that the best way to be was to play and practise as much as you possibly could - get into the nets and hit balls. Now I realise it is good to get away and take some time out to relax. That can be just as important.

Jonathan Trott

Whereas Trott practised as much as he could in his younger days, he admits he enjoyed his recent time away from cricket

“But certainly by the time that October 31 comes around (when the England players meet before flying out to South Africa) I will be champing at the bit to get back out there and hit some balls again.”

When England last toured South Africa five years ago Kevin Pietersen was granted a hostile reception from the home fans, who felt the Pietermaritzburg-born batsman had turned his back on his homeland.

Trott, who appeared for South Africa’s Under-15 and Under-19 teams before moving to England in 2002, is hopeful that he will not be subjected to similar taunts, but is confident it will affect him should it happen.

“I have friends over in South Africa I have spoken to and they’ve said the feeling is I should be fine,” he added. “I certainly have no animosity towards South Africa and the way cricket has been run there and I don’t think the cricket public there think badly of me for leaving.

“I’m not going to say I’m not expecting anything; it could happen. I can’t change what the fans do or think, but whatever happens I will try not to let it affect me.”

Asked if he felt any apprehension about his first international tour, Trott said: “No, not really. I wouldn’t say it is apprehension but more wanting to make sure that I take the chance.

“While I am keen to do that I am also conscious of keeping in check my desire and to not get caught up in everything around being in the touring team.

“I don’t want to worry about what is happening off the field and just focus on what I am doing.”

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