Prolific Trott keen to kick on
Jonathan Trott intends to use his coronation as England’s best player last winter as the start rather than end of his prolific run of form.
The batsman this week won the England FTI MVP after scoring 1,242 runs in all forms of cricket during the Ashes tour of Australia and the World Cup in the sub-continent.
While delighted to add another award to his burgeoning collection - he was named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year last month - Trott insists much hard work lies ahead as England prepare for the visit of Sri Lanka and India this summer.
“It’s always nice to come back from a winter and get all these awards,” he told ecb.co.uk. “Individual recognition is always nice.
“It’s now a realisation that it’s my job to continue working hard on my game to try and be as consistent as possible and perform as well as possible for the team.
“It’s not a case of I’ve done enough and I can sit back and rest on my laurels for a while. It’s time to put my foot down even more and try and do as well if not better.”
Although Trott revealed he pays little attention to statistics, his record over the winter is worth repeating.
He scored 445 runs at an average of 89 during the 3-1 Ashes win - a tally bettered only by team-mate Alastair Cook - before enhancing his one-day reputation by sheer weight of runs.
No-one managed more than the 375 he made at 62.25 in England’s 6-1 Commonwealth Bank Series defeat in Australia, to which he added 422 at 60.28 during a World Cup campaign that ended at the quarter-final stage.
Trott is quick to play down his limited-overs achievements, while repeating the mantra that runs through his own game and the entire England side.
“It’s not a case now of cementing my spot or I’m an established player - I’m probably far from that,” he claimed.
“In my view to be a successful one-day player you have to play for a lot longer than a couple of months.
“My goal is to continue with the way I’m playing at the moment and looking to improve all the time.
“That’s what this England team is about - always wanting to improve and being number one in all formats of the game.”
If Trott can have few regrets about a winter that will be remembered for England’s historic Ashes series win, he admits he wishes he had “spent a bit more time taking in the situation and what it means”.
Starved of success Down Under for so long, England supporters have, perhaps understandably, basked in the glory of a first Ashes triumph since 1986-87.
Trott, who returned to domestic duty for Warwickshire last week and begins the international summer against Sri Lanka at the SWALEC Stadium on May 26, is not among them.
“People are still talking about it, but that was about five months ago,” he said. “I’ve moved on from it.
“I’ve still got great memories and will have them for the rest of my life. But I’m looking forward to creating some more.”