Trott ready for battle
England batsman Jonathan Trott is eagerly anticipating England’s summer programme ahead of their first npower Test against Sri Lanka at the SWALEC Stadium, which starts on Thursday.
The right-hander returned to action earlier this month for Warwickshire after he and some of his England team-mates were given permission to miss the start of the LV= County Championship campaign following a long winter schedule.
Trott took the time to take a break from cricket to refresh his batteries - a move which he says has left him feeling re-invigorated ahead of England’s series with Sri Lanka and India.
He told ecb.co.uk: “I’m very excited to get out there. It’s going to be a long summer and the first Test is always important.
“The ECB were kind enough to allow us a bit of time to recover after the World Cup and a long winter so it’s been nice to be able to get back into it with Warwickshire.
“It’s always a little bit strange coming back into a team that you haven’t been a part of or been on pre-season with but there are a lot of familiar faces and they’ve made me feel welcome and I’ve really enjoyed it.
“It’s been quite a hectic winter. With only a few weeks off, I try not to think too much about cricket and I try to switch off properly and I spend a little time away from the game so that I feel refreshed, which I do at the moment.”
Trott has cemented the number three slot in both England's Test and one-day international sides following a stand-out winter campaign.
He registered 445 runs at an average of 89 in the 3-1 Ashes win in Australia, second only to opener Alastair Cook, and followed that up with a further 375 at 62.25 in England’s 6-1 Commonwealth Bank Series defeat to Australia.
Trott added 422 at 60.28 as England reached the quarter-final stages of the World Cup on the subcontinent, and his consistent form in 2010 was recognised when he was named as one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year.
However, the ever-modest 30-year-old is not prepared to rest on his laurels
He said: “I try and look to improve all the time - I think it’s important. I’ve said on various occasions, ‘If you stand still in this England team, people are going to overtake you and you’re going to get left behind’.
“I’d like to think I’ve done pretty well so far but by no means am I satisfied with what I’ve done.”
Trott puts his success down to thinking clearly and playing each delivery on its merits when he goes out to bat.
He said: “I don’t set myself targets statistically-wise. I’m more of a process-based guy and I just try and play the situation and go out there.
“If you set yourself a target of 120 runs in Test matches, you go out there and it might be a green seamer and to get 40 might be a very good score.
“You’re setting yourself high standards. Sometimes it can be quite restrictive and it puts a lot of pressure on you.
“I try and keep it really simple, take care of the process of playing each ball on its merits; even if it is a Test match, the basiscs of the game are still the same.”