Albert Trott      

Full name Albert Edwin Trott

Born February 6, 1873, Abbotsford, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Died July 30, 1914, Willesden Green, Middlesex (aged 41 years 174 days)

Major teams Australia, England, Hawke's Bay, London County, Middlesex, Victoria

Also known as Alberto Trott

Nickname Albatrott

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm slow

Other Umpire

Relation Brother - GHS Trott

Albert Edwin Trott
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 5 9 3 228 85* 38.00 0 2 1 4 0
First-class 375 602 53 10696 164 19.48 8 44 452 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 5 8 948 390 26 8/43 9/110 15.00 2.46 36.4 3 2 0
First-class 375 71549 35318 1674 10/42 21.09 2.96 42.7 131 41
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Adelaide, Jan 11-15, 1895 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Cape Town, Apr 1-4, 1899 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1892/93 - 1910

From 'The Cricketer'
Rumbustious, ill-fated Albert Trott of Victoria, Australia, Middlesex and England was born 100 years ago on February 6, but the centenary passed all but unnoticed. This is not entirely surprising since Trott, who created many a vivid memory for opponents and spectators alike, was apt to be forgotten when it mattered most. The Australian selectors forgot him - or ignored him - when they picked their team for England in 1896, though only a year earlier he had burst into Test cricket with unparalleled force. He so far forgot himself in his benefit match in 1907 that he took four wickets in four balls and then the hat-trick, winding up proceedings foolishly early at a time when people were prepared to roll up in their thousands to pay cash tribute to a stalwart of county cricket - as long as the match lasted. And the forlorn, untended mound which is his grave at Willesden is the decisive pointer to the final neglect into which Albert Trott's name was to fall. His brother, G. H. S. (Harry), was already a powerful influence in Australian cricket when young Albert was given his colours and played in the last three Tests in Australia in 1894-95. He took 8 for 43 and scored 38 and 72, both not out, at Adelaide. At Sydney he batted only once and made 85, again undefeated; oddly, this time he had no chance to bowl. Then in the series climax at Melbourne his figures were rationalised with ten for twice out and one wicket for plenty. Still he stands highest in the batting averages for Australia v England with 102.5. And some would argue that this is not altogether such a freak or exaggeration as it seems. Whatever his loss of form in the next year, he should have been in Harry Trott's side to England; but he was not, and we shall never know the real reason. Instead, he came independently, encouraged by Jim Phillips, the umpire/talent scout; Middlesex were soon to be grateful. In 1899, the year he hit M. A. Noble over the Lord's pavilion, he passed 1000 runs and took 239 wickets. In 1900 he did much the same, and was acknowledged as just about the finest allround cricketer on earth. His batting was powerful, boisterous, and never quite as dependable after the monstrous blow off Noble. His massive hands held practically everything within reach. And his bowling, slung with a round-arm delivery, contained most of the arts. Warning against his fast ball was seldom sufficient insurance, and his slower ball had batsmen fanning at air. He actually played for England - on the tour of South Africa in 1898-99, when he left his mark with 17 wickets at less than twelve apiece in the two Test matches; but as the seasons went by, his body spread under the effects of ale - often taken along the boundary from admiring spectators - and from dropsy, which also induced melancholia. He became an umpire in 1910, but by 1914, living alone in digs, `Albatrott' had had enough. He wrote a will on the back of a laundry ticket, leaving his wardrobe and £4 in cash to the landlady. Then he shot himself. We are now passing through years that are dotted with centenaries of Golden Age cricketers. None of them was remotely comparable to Albert Edwin Trott.
David Frith, The Cricketer, March 1973

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Albert Trott's grave in in Willesden Cemetery

Albert Trott's grave in in Willesden Cemetery

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Albert Trott, 1910

Albert Trott

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Australian cricketer Albert Trott, 1905

Albert Trott: taker of hat-tricks and a ten-for, and the maker of the mightiest of hits

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1899