South Africa in England 2012 September 3, 2012

Trott ruled out of last ODI with hand injury

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Geoffrey 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.

  • John 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

  • John 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.

  • tommy on September 5, 2012, 7:36 GMT

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

  • Akshay 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 !

  • Steve 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!!!

  • david 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.

  • John 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.

  • Nicholas 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.

  • Dummy4 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!!!

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