Seeing as everyone who has anything to do with cricket seems to be talking about the Jonathan Trott situation, that seems a logical place to start my blog. Ever since he pulled on an England sweater at the Oval in 2009, I have been a fan of England’s top order batsman from the Cape. During his trials and tribulations down under two winters ago, I really felt for him, but still backed him to come out the other side of his poor run of form.
The rest, as they say, is history, with the ever-reliable number three no longer reliable, and on his way home due to a stress -related illness. From there, it seemed to be a long way back for Trott, with many feeing that he would never play for England again.
However, this was not to be the case, and at the start of the West Indies tour I was pleased to see the Warwikshire man back in the side. It did occur to me though that such a move might have come slightly prematurely. After all, when he announced himself on the world stage in 2009, he had a number of successful domestic seasons under his belt. This time round, that was not the case.
He seemed to struggle last summer when he played for his county side, and if a player is struggling on the county scene, they should not be selected for the national team. It would seem, unfortunately, that his selection was indeed premature, as his three ducks this series have suggested. He has struggled against the new ball and has not coped with the pressures of opening. Gary Ballance is currently a far better number three than Jonathan Trott, so there is currently no place for the South-African born batsman.
You’ve had a great run, Jonathan, but perhaps now it is time for someone else to step up to the plate.