South Africa in England 2012 July 6, 2012

I feel completely British - Trott


Jonathan Trott has made the most emphatic statement of his "Britishness" yet as he prepares to face South Africa, the country of his birth, in the forthcoming Test series that provides the showpiece of the English season.

Trott, reluctantly looking ahead from matters at hand, the NatWest Series against Australia, responded to South Africa's arrival in England by saying: "I feel completely British. I went back to South Africa for my brother's wedding in April last year and I didn't enjoy it at all in Cape Town.

"Every time I've been back to Cape Town - for weddings, a holiday or whatever - I've always moved my flight so I can go home earlier. It's nothing to do with crime or political reasons. I just didn't enjoy being away from home. And home is Birmingham.

"I don't mind the rain. You get some good days here. Let me tell you: when the sun shines, there is no better country in the world than England. You can have the mountains and the oceans, but May and June in England are perfect. There's nowhere better.

Trott had a strong response for those who still depict him as a South African-born mercenary, cynically making use of the England system. "Do they see me putting my pounds in a South African bank account? And the answer is no. And do they see me buying property outside England? Or planning on a future elsewhere? No. I'm thinking about which school my daughter is going to go to here.

"It's quite evident when someone is a mercenary. People can sniff it from a mile away."

In a wide-ranging interview with George Dobell, Trott dismisses suggestions that he finds it difficult to play against South Africa or that he expects to be specifically targeted by the South African team

"I don't think the South Africa team see me as a target any more than anyone else," he said. "I don't get any more sledging from them on the pitch than anyone else. It's fine."

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Chris on July 9, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    I have been living in England for longer than you Trotty and and will always been seen as a saffa. I also went to Cape Town last December and I must agree with you, all the sunshine, beaches and good food got me down too... (Not) but Birmingham of all places? lol

  • Jabulani on July 9, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    I dont have anything against KP/Trott playing for Eng. If they feel they had better opportunities to make it there, then thats ok, good for them. As to being patriotic, i just feel if you represent another country, you have chosen that nationality, therefore you should lose your old nationality (i.e. he should cancel his SA citizenship). I think that is only fair.

  • Mark on July 9, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    JG, you are quite right. The qualifying period for Englaand has gone back up to 7 years from 4.

  • Mark on July 9, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    PlumedgeXI, everything seems to suggest that South Africa, or at least their Board, just do not take Tests seriously, which may go some way to explaining their poor results in the last two years (4 consecutive drawn series before finally winning one). They rarely play series longer than 2 Tests these days (was their last 5-Test series when England visited in 2004???) It is hard to believe that their prepararion will be adequate, but maybe they think that this is enough.

  • Mark on July 9, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    I would not be too surprised if Trott does not take the opportunity to make a point or two with his bat during the upcoming series. JG, you are quite right, he does feel pretty insulted hat he is being questioned in this way and it shows in his comments.

  • Thabo on July 8, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    On a different note, i don't feel SA are prepared to play England. England have just finished playing the West Indies Test & ODI's , Aus ODI's like they will be warm if not hot by the time SA get here. SA had a B team play Zim in T20 and that's it. I hope they raise their game to beat England.

    Plus on the Trott, KP, Dernbach and Keswietter: well i think England should be grateful to them. They've improved your game in England. we are happy to help you guys. I just hope Philander, Morkel, Steyn, Tahir, AB, Kallis and Amla can do the business for Africa.

  • Angad on July 8, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    After all that he has achieved during his time in the English side, I think Trott deserves little more respect than that. British media, please cut the crap.

  • John on July 7, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    @Hammond on (July 06 2012, 12:07 PM GMT) Not sure re SA. Do they still have a quota system? Re KP , I'm not sure why he wasn't kept by SA. Re Trott , my thoughts are that it's a slightly different situation in that either his talent was not so obvious all those years ago or he has made very significant improvements in England. I'm not sure when he would have qualified to play for England but it wasn't like he was fasttracked into the side or anything. I mean he played a T20 for Eng in 07 and didn't play a test for Eng til 2009 and even then he was not being talked about as an Eng player in many quarters and came in when we had an injury and Key and Ramprakash were the favourites to come in

  • John on July 7, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    I see there are a fair few comms slating Trott's comms intimating/saying he is disrespecting SA (his birth nation) . I don't understand how. He is merely saying that he prefers like over here and when he goes back to SA he is eager to get back to the UK again. He hasn't said SA is a bad place etc

  • Michael on July 7, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    It's amazing that people bother to question they guy. If I were him I'd feel a bit insulted. Look at the records and let them speak. i reckon a lot of the comments here are put up by Sout Africans, and or two othe non English types, as well as one or two who want absolutely noone except five generations British. Unrealistic and not a little peculiar. Did I see that Alfred Rosen had proferred a comment here?Or perhaps J Goebbels?

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