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Full name Ian Jonathan Leonard Trott
Born April 22, 1981, Cape Town, Cape Province
Current age 32 years 241 days
Major teams England, Boland, England Lions, Otago, South Africa Under-15s, South Africa Under-19s, Warwickshire, Western Province
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education Stellenbosch University
Relation Half-brother - KC Jackson
|Test debut||England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 20-23, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Brisbane, Nov 21-24, 2013 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Ireland v England at Belfast, Aug 27, 2009 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Australia at Cardiff, Sep 14, 2013 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v West Indies at The Oval, Jun 28, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Feb 20, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Australia v England at Brisbane, Nov 21-24, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||1999/00|
|Last List A||England v Australia at Cardiff, Sep 14, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Somerset v Warwickshire at Taunton, Jun 13, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Warwickshire v Yorkshire at Birmingham, Jun 24, 2011 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|10, 9||England||v Australia||Brisbane||21 Nov 2013||Test # 2103|
|0/22, 83, 0/3, 38*||England XI||v CA Inv XI||Sydney||13 Nov 2013||FC|
|4||England XI||v Australia A||Hobart||6 Nov 2013||FC|
|113*||England XI||v WA Chair XI||Perth||31 Oct 2013||FC|
|0||England||v Australia||Cardiff||14 Sep 2013||ODI # 3415|
|28*||England||v Australia||Birmingham||11 Sep 2013||ODI # 3414|
|0||England||v Australia||Manchester||8 Sep 2013||ODI # 3412|
|1/12, 40, 59||England||v Australia||The Oval||21 Aug 2013||Test # 2094|
|49, 0/10, 23||England||v Australia||Chester-le-Street||9 Aug 2013||Test # 2093|
|0/6, 5, 11||England||v Australia||Manchester||1 Aug 2013||Test # 2092|
Sometimes first impressions can prove unerringly accurate. On his second XI debut for Warwickshire in 2002, effectively a trial game, Jonathan Trott scored a dominant 245 that suggested the arrival of a special talent. It was, after all, the highest score by a debutant in the history of Second XI Championship cricket and convinced Warwickshire to sign Trott, unlike Kevin Pietersen in a similar situation three years earlier. But not Trott. He smashed his bat in frustration after his dismissal. This was a man whose hunger for runs would not be easily sated.
Starting well has been a theme of Trott's career. In 2003 he made a century on first-class debut as an opener for Warwickshire against a strong Sussex attack - he was 96 not out at lunch - and in 2009 he made a century on Test debut at The Oval. To have played such a significant part in England winning an Ashes decider earned his reputation as a technically correct, temperamentally sound top-order batsman. Though less glorious tours of South Africa and Bangladesh followed, Trott sealed his reputation with a double-century against Bangladesh at Lord's and a masterful 184 against a Pakistan side at the same ground. Though the match was later tarnished by spot-fixing revelations, Trott later said he considered the innings his best as he defied Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif and helped rescue England from 102 for 7.
Trott went on to play a key part in England retaining the Ashes in Australia in 2010-11 - the first time they had won a Test series there in nearly a quarter of a century - with centuries at Adelaide and Melbourne and the defeat of India in England the following summer to assume the No.1 Test ranking. His standing as the finest No. 3 England had possessed for many years was confirmed. Despite a relatively lean 2012, during which he averaged 38.65, Trott's remarkable consistency was demonstrated by a run at the start of the following year, when his lowest score in 17 consecutive Test and ODI innings was 27, with two hundreds and six half-centuries.
Born in Cape Town to a British father and South African mother, Trott played for the South Africa side from Under-15 to Under-19 level, graduating into the Boland and then the Western Province teams. His future in the South Africa side looked assured. But Trott, never easily satisfied, wanted more. Bored by further education - he admits he had to look at the blackboard to even spell the subject during the psychology portion of his exam in the Human Movement Science degree he abandoned at Stellenbosch University - he took advantage of his British passport and his relationship with Bob Woolmer, who coached South Africa and Warwickshire, to arrange a trail in England. He soon embraced the club and country with a passion, marrying the granddaughter of former club captain HE "Tom" Dollery and insisting he felt "completely British" and that he preferred Birmingham to Cape Town.
There have been some downs amid the ups. In 2007, in the middle of Mark Greatbatch's unhappy period as director of cricket at Edgbaston, Trott endured a chronic loss of form that saw him average only 22 and Warwickshire suffer relegation in both first-class and List A formats. Oddly, he made his international debut that season having been called into the England T20I team. After breaking his hand in the nets prior to the match, it was one of the few times he made an underwhelming debut.
Despite setting a record in 2009 for the most runs in an English domestic T20 season of 10 matches, some have never accepted his value as a limited-overs player, either. While Trott's ODI average has hovered around 50 for most of his career, his strike-rate of around 75 has been a source of constant discussion - never more so than during the 2013 Champions Trophy, when the make-up of England's top three was questioned. The records show, however, that when Trott flourishes, England flourish too, and he was their leading run-scorer as they narrowly failed to win the competition.
His presence at the crease has arguably become the most reassuring sight in English cricket since the retirement of Graham Gooch. When he abruptly left England's 2012-13 Ashes tour after the first Test in Brisbane with a stress-related illness, England's director of cricket, Andy Flower, bemoaned the loss of his "rock". It emerged that he had been managing the condition for several years.
George Dobell and ESPNcricinfo staff - December 2013
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