Trott announced England’s player of the year

June 1, 2011

Photo by Paddy Briggs

Jonathan Trott last night received the prestigious award of winning the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) men’s cricketer of the year, as chosen by the British media.

The awards cover the period from the start of last year’s international summer in May to the end of the cricket World Cup.

In this time, England’s number three batsmen hit four Test match hundreds, including a superb 226 against Bangladesh last summer. He also excelled in the shorter form of the game hitting three ODI hundreds and during March’s World Cup he hit five half-centuries.

If Trott had any hopes of winning the award two years running, then he has put himself in the frame already with a man of the match performance in England’s heroic win against Sri Lanka at Cardiff. Trott made 203 in England’s first and only innings.

The Warwickshire man has now featured in 19 Test matches, scoring 1803 runs at an average of 66.77. He currently has the highest Test batting average of anyone in history bar Sir Donald Bradman, among players who have won as many or more caps.

Trott’s statistics in one-day cricket are just as good. In 25 matches Trott is averaging just over 55 which is a phenomenal effort in the shorter form of the game.

When these figures are presented in front of you it is hard to argue that if Trott carries this form on, he will go down as one of the greats of the game. At the age of 30, Trott as a batsman will feel he has another five or six years of International cricket ahead of him.

So bearing this in mind why does Jonathan Trott continue to find critics? Trott has his detractors within the media circles, and more prominently amongst English fans.

Openening up my twitter account while Jonathan Trott was grinding Sri Lanka into the dirt I read several tweets of frustration directed at the South African born Englishaman.

Two from Piers Morgan read:
‘South African born snail’ and ‘Rain forcast tomorrow, and Trott still blocking away. Ridiculous’

These feelings were echoed up and down all social networking sites on the Sunday of the Test match. In simple terms, the English public is yet to take to Jonathan Trott.

Is part of the reason for this, that Trott has a South African background? To me, there might be something in this but I believe it to be a very small part of the reason. Allan Lamb was born in the Cape Province and he turned out to be one of the most popular English players of his generation.

In a time of fast cars, Trott’s old fashioned, workmanlike style, just doesn’t sit well with the new breed of cricket fans that have flooded the game since the creation of Twenty20. Gone are the days of modern fans applauding the one paced Trott striking the ball at 48 runs per 100 balls.

However, real cricket fans will know that Jonathan Trott’s achievements, and the way that he has gone about his work, has been essential in England’s success in recent times. Trott has held many an England innings together with his patience approach, whilst aggressive batsman around him have secured England’s success as a batting unit. There is still room for a Jonathan Trott type player in Test match cricket, even if we don’t like it.

The really great thing about Jonathan Trott, is that he actually doesn’t care about what people think of him. He will continue to grind opposition into the ground, and whilst he is doing this England will continue to win games. Look out Piers Morgan, Trott is here to stay.

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One Comment to “Trott announced England’s player of the year”

  1. Nigel1
    June 3rd, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    Trott is a gun player!

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