South Africa in England 2012

Trott ruled out of last ODI with hand injury

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September 3, 2012

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Jonathan Trott struggled with a hand injury, England v South Africa, 4th ODI, Lord's, September 2, 2012
Jonathan Trott has been in good form during the one-day series © PA Photos

Jonathan Trott has been ruled out of the final one-day international against South Africa being unable to hold a bat following the hand injury he sustained from Dale Steyn at Lord's on Sunday.

Trott took a blow on his right hand early in his innings of 48 and was in clear pain throughout the rest of his stay in the middle and had two visits from the physio. Jos Buttler, the Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman who is in England's Twenty20 squad, has been called in as cover for Trent Bridge.

An ECB statement said an X-ray of the hand ruled out any major fracture. Trott also went for an MRI scan on Tuesday.

Although Buttler has been added to the squad, Trott's absence will mean a likely recall for Jonny Bairstow who is the spare batsman. He has been unfortunate not to find a place in the starting XI during the series following his successful return to the Test side at Lord's, where he made 95 and 54, plus his impressive unbeaten 68 in the Friends Life t20 semi-final against Sussex.

England have opted to stick with Ravi Bopara despite his problems with the bat where his series scores are 16, 0 and 6. Bopara, though, has bowled well and took 2 for 34 at Lord's.

Trott has been the anchor of England's batting during their two victories in the series which have given them an unbeatable 2-1 lead and ensured they will retain the No. 1 ranking going into 2013. He made 71 at The Oval and 48 at Lord's, forming crucial partnerships with the more aggressive Eoin Morgan and Ian Bell.

Trott's stability at No. 3 has also helped compensate for the lean time of Alastair Cook who has yet to post a significant score in the series. Trott has been in early in all three completed matches with England having opening stands of 0, 14 and 2.

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Posted by Hammond on (September 5, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

No problem- England have literally a plethora of top order 40 over specialists to choose from. The wealth of batting talent is literally staggering.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 5, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

@davidpk on (September 04 2012, 18:02 PM GMT) Even as a Somerset fan , I'd say Wright has been in better form that Jos this year. Purely on the batting front I'd say he's also a much better bet than Bopara and I thought he was disposed of a little quickly 1st time around. They ended up playing him too far down the order to do anything much with the bat and not bowling any overs either. Ravi has always been given better opportunities by being given the number 3 or 4 spot and being given overs with the ball

Posted by JG2704 on (September 5, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

@R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 04 2012, 13:19 PM GMT) Jonny will probably be out 1st ball now. TBH as a Somerset fan I'm a bit peeved they've called up Buttler as they obviously won't play him and now Eng have Somerset's 1st and 2nd choice WKs for a dead rubber of a match when Somerset are vying for 2nd place in the table.

Posted by tommytucker on (September 5, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

Why not just replace one saffa 'trott' with another saffa 'Compton'...? Makes sense to me...

Posted by axe_hay on (September 5, 2012, 0:47 GMT)

Why not try Nick Comptom, Jimmy Hildreth, Varun Chopra or James Taylor...all are top performers at List A level !

Posted by phoenixsteve on (September 4, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

I hope Trotts trotter get's well soon, but in the meantime it'll be good to see some new blood given a chance? I'd like to see Jimmy (who's bowled beautifully with no luck) given a break and Woakes or Onions given a go? Something different to throw at SA who will be up for this last ODI surely? Should be a great game and would be even better if KP were back? COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by bumsonseats on (September 4, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

oliver k . wright has had his chance so time for buttler to have a run out. but i guess he will also miss out as i expect JB will take trotts place. buttler maybe if one of the other players are rested. if would have been nice to have played some of the others, but the saffers cannot be taken for granted. if it had been the aussies, then we could have played a much lesser team. as they were shown to be a shower a month or so back.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 4, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

@landl47 on (September 04 2012, 06:14 AM GMT) I'd either try Jonny at 3 , or bring Craig up to open and drop Bell or Cook down 1 or even try Craig at 3.It would be good to have a power hitter in amongst the top 4.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 4, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

Oh JG2704... seems you're going to get your wish :-( I tried to answer your post on another thread about moi being wrong about Trott (which of course I'm not)... alas, nowhere to be seen. Keep up your cheerleading (joke from your post below!); really quite an interesting bunch here at times... Agree that Jonny deserves a chance if Trott's left in the ice bucket for a game or two now.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

Amazing how England call up Jos Buttler as cover for Trott and fail to recognise the in-form batsman in CB40, in Luke Wright who has 2 x100's in 2 games!!!

Posted by Selassie-I on (September 4, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

Shouldn't be too much of a problem, Cookie is due a score now, surely he can't get another Jaffa in this game too! RandyOz; your copy and paste buttons must be nearly worn out mate, maybe you should try comign up with something new to say before they break completley?

Posted by Lloydster on (September 4, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

Bairstow is in sublime form so this is an added bonus for England, spoilt for choice at the moment. SA needs to rid itself of the "bits and pieces" players who occasionally chip in, they are not consistent which has left them scratching. I am hoping sanity prevails and SA opt for a better balanced side (cricketers) if they hope to salvage some pride in the game. Sadly they are lacking Kallis, AB as a batter, R. Levi and 2 in form Morkel's. Philander maybe and KP Peterson

Posted by v8v8v8 on (September 4, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

@dsig3 - I sincerely doubt it, think he relish's the oppourtunity to perform vs SA. Although if Eng wanted to send back to SA's sunny shores, I'd not complain, he is quality.

But Eng can keep KP...

Posted by EdGreen on (September 4, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

We all know they've got something against Pietersen but what have they got against Bairstow?

Posted by JG2704 on (September 4, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

Maybe a blessing in disguise here. Jonny should be next in for sure. Jos has been patchy this season and Jonny has been on fire lately. Strike while the iron is hot although it maybe cooling slightly now

Posted by landl47 on (September 4, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

It leaves England a bit of a problem because none of their batsmen usually come in #3 except Bell, and he's opening! Bopara needs moving down the order, not up to #3. Morgan's a middle order batsman; I guess they could move Kieswetter up, or maybe Bairstow gets plugged in at 3, although he's batted 5 or 6 in his England appearances so far. Trott's not the most exciting batsman on the planet, but with England's bowlers doing the job and keeping the SA totals down, he hasn't needed to be. Never mind, England has shown extraordinary resilience so far and no doubt they will continue to do so. Bairstow will certainly improve the fielding, the one real weak spot in England's performances in both the tests and ODIs.

Posted by dsig3 on (September 4, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

I think he must have mixed feelings. Doesnt want to play against his own country in such an important game.

Posted by phoenixsteve on (September 4, 2012, 3:30 GMT)

@randyoz.... Unlike Australia they are unikely to bring in a Pakistani though? It's also significant but plainly obvious WHY they don't consider any Aussies though! COME ON ENGLAND!!! (Ashes WINNERS)

Posted by phoenixsteve on (September 3, 2012, 23:41 GMT)

It could be a blessing for England who must be due to bat first in the Trent Bridge game. As good as Trott is he is not exactly dynamic! It will be nice to see Bairstow given a chance and I wonder why all the talented batters seem to be wicketkeepers too! (Prior, Bairstow, Kieswetter and now Buttler) or is this just a plan devised to rob Somerset of all their keepers! Time is running out for poor old Bopara though and maybe Trent Bridge will see him finally break through? England kept playing Bresnan even when it was plain to most of us that he wasn't a strike bowler and his batting was (at best) good - for a bowler! I expect a better showing from SA on Wednesday and England will need to hold their catches? Hopefully Cook and Ravi will get runs too! Hope so..... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by RandyOZ on (September 3, 2012, 23:17 GMT)

Probably bring in another South African to bolster the weak English side.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 3, 2012, 22:07 GMT)

@JB - You learn on these boards who the proper cricket fans are and who are the cheerleaders (a polite terminology) are

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 3, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

World's most destructive batsman in odi's is injured:))

Posted by cricketphile on (September 3, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Strange that they x-rayed his head

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