'Birmingham is where my heart is now'
Jonathon Trott’s South African affiliations may have hogged the pre-series headlines, but the allegiance of England’s latest star lies firmly with his adopted home. He expressed his loyalties clearly to The Independent.
The last few times I have been here [South Africa] I couldn't wait to get back to England. A lot of people have asked if I'd come back here when I retire, but there's no way. I am very happy in Birmingham. Coming back here is a holiday now …
I can't really control the pubic. All I can do is put in good performances and gain the respect of my team-mates, the South African public and the English public. I don't put energy into stuff I can't control. It doesn't affect the way you bat. If you let it get to you it will.
George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo