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Jonathan Trott

There can be no doubt Trott ranks as one of the grittiest batsmen to have represented England in recent years.

His idiosyncratic approach may have attracted almost as much attention as his run-making ability, but even the harshest critic cannot argue with the impact made by the right-hander upon his introduction to international cricket.

Born and raised in South Africa, he holds a British passport and qualified for England in 2006.

After scoring 245 for Warwickshire's Second XI in his first match for the county, Trott went on to hit 134 on his County Championship bow in 2003 and quickly established himself as a key man at Edgbaston.

Fine domestic form in the early part of 2007 saw him selected for England's limited-overs squad to face West Indies - he played in both Twenty20 internationals - and won him a place in the provisional 30-man squad for the World Twenty20 in South Africa.

After two winters with the England Performance Programme, Trott enjoyed a prolific summer in 2009 and was drafted into the Test team for the decisive final Ashes rubber at The Oval.

Seemingly unaffected by the enormous pressure on his shoulders, he demonstrated his impressive powers of concentration by striking 119 in the second innings to set up a priceless win.

Trott struggled to make an impact in the subsequent Tests in his native South Africa, but returned to his best form in the summer of 2010, compiling a mammoth 226 against Bangladesh in the first Test at Lord's before making 94 and 110 versus the same opponents in the subsequent one-dayers.

He was England's stand-out performer with the bat in the four-Test series against Pakistan, amassing 404 runs at an average of 67.

His haul included a defiant 184 in the final Test at Lord's, where he shared in a world-record eighth-wicket partnership of 332 with Stuart Broad to rescue Andrew Strauss' side from 102 for seven and set up a crushing innings victory.

His appetite for runs apparently not sated, Trott, rock-solid in defence and elegant in attack, then played a leading role as England retained the Ashes with a crushing 3-1 triumph over Australia - their first series win Down Under in 24 years.

An unbeaten 135, which came during an unbroken stand of 329 with Alastair Cook - the highest for England in Australia, helped earn a draw at Brisbane and his 168 not out at Melbourne underpinned an innings victory.

With certain observers continuing to question his suitability for one-day cricket, Trott duly finished as England's leading run-scorer in the 2011 World Cup.

Another double-hundred, against Sri Lanka in Cardiff, swiftly followed, and the number three's excellent form was recognised in September when he picked up the International Cricket Council's player of the year award.

Trott was the shining light in a winter that saw England batsmen struggle against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, hitting two half-centuries and an excellent hundred.

An off-summer by Trott's high standards followed, yet he was back to his consistent best over the winter when impressing versus India and New Zealand.

He then played an integral role as England reached the Champions Trophy final; despite being the hosts' leading run-scorer, he was powerless as India triumphed in the showpiece. Yet he completed a hat-trick of Ashes successes, appearing in every game as England wrapped up a 3-0 victory.