ESPNcricinfo Match Point Analyst
Jonathan Trott is part of ESPNcricinfo’s Match Point’s international panel of experts. Trott is the only actively playing member on the panel and brings a bank of international experience and awards under his belt, most notably the ICC Cricketer of the Year, the Wisden Cricketer of the Year and lastly, the England Cricket Board (ECB) Cricketer of the Year, all in 2011.
An avid Tottenham Hotspur fan, Trott abandoned his Human Movement Science degree in Stellenbosch University in his native Cape Town to pursue his cricket career and more so, a tenure that many believe changed English cricket in the late 2000s. The right-handed upper-order batsman, represented South Africa at youth level, before transitioning to the England senior setup through his English grandparents and subsequently notching 3,763 Test runs and 2,819 runs in ODIs. This came as no surprise to critics following an impressive first-class debut for Warwickshire in English County Cricket, where he opened his career with a century against Sussex in 2003.
The 33 year-old’s Test debut came at The Oval in England’s successful 2009 Ashes campaign, scoring a century in the second innings of the 5th Test – becoming the first man to score a hundred on debut against Australia since Graham Thorpe in 1993. A year later, in the opening Test at The Gabba, Trott’s 135 not out meant he had achieved successive Test centuries against Australia. His fine form continued throughout the return series (averaging 89), culminating in a Man-of-the-Match display in the 4th Test with an unbeaten 168. This knock proved pivotal in England retaining the 2010/11 Ashes on Australian soil – the first time they won there in nearly quarter of a century.
His reputation grew as one of the team’s more technical and sound batsmen with a double century at Lord’s against Bangladesh and 184 against Pakistan at the same ground, in a contentious match marred by spot-fixing allegations. In 2012/13, England lost Trott, a batsman deemed their most reassuring asset since the esteemed Graeme Gooch, as he left this Ashes series citing a stress-related illness. A 2014 comeback was shelved due to a recurrence of the condition but Trott eventually returned to the game with Warwickshire and won a call-up to the Lions squad to tour South Africa, reigniting hopes of an international recall.