From trending on Twitter as #TrottsFault to becoming one of England’s most sought-after batsmen, Jonathan Trott has had an eventful cricketing journey. After a poor outing in the Test series against West Indies, the batsman has finally called time on his international career.
The tour of West Indies was Trott’s first in England colors after a 16-month absence due to stress-related illness that took him out of the game. His international comeback was fueled by a fruitful county season for Warwickshire. Unfortunately for Trott, his final two Test innings ended in single digits (0,9), perhaps signaling the end of a prolific career. Trott played 52 Tests for England at an average of 44.08, scoring close to 4000 Test runs. He was a much better batsman in ODIs, with a 50-plus average in 68 games. Yet, Trott was often criticized for his slow scoring rate. The right-hander was a vital cog in England’s middle order, and inevitably their go-to man in times of crisis.
Here are the highlights of Jonathan Trott’s illustrious career:
1. 2009: A glorious international debut
The South Africa-born cricketer could not have asked for a better start to his international career. Trott’s match-winning hundred against Austraila helped England regain the Ashes of 2009.
2. 2010: The Lord’s Connection
Hungry for runs, Trott displayed sheer class and patience when he took eight hours to get to his highest Test score of 226 against Bangladesh at Lord’s. He then went to score an unbeaten 168 at Melbourne in the same year, helping England clinch the Ashes on Australian soil for the first time in 24 years!
3. 2011: The best of ODI and Test cricket
Trott rose to prominence as an ODI batsman when he made his highest ODI score of 137 against Australia in Melbourne. His second double ton in Tests came in the same year, 203 vs Sri Lanka in Cardiff. Trott was named Wisden and ICC Cricketer of the Year.
4. 2012: History created in India
Trott’s batting brilliance wasn’t just limited to home conditions. His historic 143 in the second-innings at Nagpur not only helped England draw the Test, but also gave them a famous series victory in India, their first since 1985. Trott’s innings was a staunch evidence of his batting technique.
5. 2013: Success in New Zealand
Trott’s success story continued in New Zealand, where he struck an important 121 at Wellington against the Kiwis. A few months later, he was back in the ODI setup, steering England to the Champions Trophy final. It was in 2013 that Trott was diagnosed with a stress-related illness, which eventually forced him out of the Ashes tour midway.
6. 2014: An expected comeback
After aborting his first attempt at comeback, Trott returned to play for Warwickshire. He then went on to score three centuries in the season. An international comeback wasn’t too far.
7. 2015: Return to international cricket
Trott showed no signs of rustiness as he slammed an unbeaten 211 for England against South Africa A at Paarl. Two months later, he was named in England’s Test squad for the series against West Indies. Sadly, a poor string of scores compelled the 34-year old to end his international career. Trott will continue to play county cricket with Warwickshire.
He may not have been a limelight hogger throughout his playing days, but Jonathan Trott has done enough to earn himself the respect he deserves. He will be remembered not just for being a run machine, but for his courageous attempt at recovering from a dangerous illness. It wasn’t a fairytale return for one of the finest batsmen around, but it was surely an exemplary display of strength and will power.
Thank you for the memories, Trotters.