Jonathan Trott has revealed that he feels he is ready to play for England once again, nearly a year after he left last winter’s Ashes tour with a stress-related illness.
The stalwart batsman has said that he has been enjoying his county cricket with Warwickshire in the last few months and is happy to continue a gradual comeback.
The 33-year-old is now ready to make a return to the international arena, despite not having his central contract with the ECB renewed when they were dispatched last week.
Trott’s international career has thus far seen him win 49 Test caps, during which time he has been a reliable and consistent performer for the Three Lions.
He has scored 3763 runs in the longest format of the game, posting nine centuries at an average of 46. The right-hander’s characteristic longevity at the crease is one of his
most valuable attributes, which has steered England out of trouble on many occasions.
But a stress-related illness saw him withdraw from Alastair Cook’s squad during their tour of Australia at the back end of last year. Since then – having taken a break from the sport – Trott has started stringing together some impressive scores for Warwickshire in county cricket.
His performances for the Bears have helped them book a place in this Saturday’s Royal London One Day Cup final at the home of cricket. The Midlands side are looking to achieve the double, having already won the Natwest T20 Blast earlier this summer.
And speaking before his side’s second final of the summer, Trott has revealed his readiness to play for England once again.
“The ECB and I have had our final get-together. I’ve been signed off by the ECB,” Trott told Rob Gurney of BBC West Midlands.
“Whatever comes along with regards to selection, maybe. I’m not putting too much pressure on myself.
“There’s been some challenging times, some tough times. But I’ve been available for a while, for the last month or two, I suppose, in terms of selection and I’m enjoying my
The South African-born batsman played his first game since leaving Australia early back in April. But he decided to take another break from the sport after only one county game.
A second comeback was launched later in the season, and has had much more success. Trott has scored more than 500 runs at an average over 40 in the eight County Championship fixtures that he has played this summer.
In addition to that, he has been in good form in limited-overs cricket, averaging 60.75 with the bat on Warwickshire’s route to the 50-over final.
Whilst Trott joined the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior in having their ECB central
contracts expire recently, the batsman has a good chance to work his way back into the national side if his current run of form can continue past this summer.
For now he is focused on his club duties, and is keen to bring more silverware to Edgbaston.
Trott added: “I’m doing my best to play as much good cricket as I have got left in me and to win stuff for the team.”
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