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Jonathan Trott Career Status and His 1st Ashes Centuries  Honors-

Jonathan Trott
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Personal information
Full name Ian Jonathan Leonard Trott
Born 22 April 1981 (age 29)(1981-04-22)
Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa
Nickname Trotters, Booger, Leon
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Middle-order batsman
Relations Kenny Jackson (half-brother), Tom Dollery (grandfather-in-law)
International information
National side England
Test debut (cap 645) 20 August 2009 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 211) 27 August 2009 v Ireland
ODI shirt no. 4
Domestic team information
Years Team
2000–2001 Boland
2001–2002 Western Province
2002– Warwickshire (squad no. 9)
2005–2006 Otago
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 17 9 152 165
Runs scored 1600 569 9,999 5,614
Batting average 64.00 70.40 44.44 45.64
100s/50s 5/5 1/4 22/51 11/37
Top score 226 110 226 125*
Balls bowled 114 48 4,358 1,405
Wickets 1 0 56 52
Bowling average 86.00 44.12 25.25
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/16
7/39 4/55
Catches/stumpings 7/– 2/– 146/– 55/–
Source: Cric Info, 4 December 2010

Ian Jonathan Leonard Trott (born 22 April 1981 in Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa) is an English cricketer. Domestically, he plays for Warwickshire and he has also played in South Africa and New Zealand.

A right-handed middle-order batsman and occasional medium-pace bowler, he played two Twenty20 Internationals for England in 2007. Good performances for his county in 2008 and 2009, as well as a productive tour in 2008–09 with the England Lions, led to a call-up to the senior England Test squad in August 2009 for the fifth Ashes Test. He scored a century in that Test, becoming the 18th England player to do so on his Test debut. His highest England score in a Test match is 226, made against Bangladesh at Lord's on 28 May 2010, and he took his first Test wicket in the same match.

Personal life-

In April 2009 he married Warwickshire's Press Officer Abi Dollery, grand-daughter of former Warwickshire captain Tom Dollery. She is currently expecting their first child, according to The Sun newspaper.


Jonathan Trott batting for Warwickshire against Cambridge UCCE, at Fenner's cricket ground in Cambridge, 15 April 2006.


As he holds a British passport, Trott was not considered an overseas player in County cricket. On his Warwickshire second-XI debut in 2002, he compiled a record score of 245; the following year he scored 134 on County Championship debut for Warwickshire, and in the same season claimed a haul of 7 for 39 with his occasional seam bowling, his maiden first-class five-wicket haul.

Trott hit four first class centuries for Warwickshire during the 2005 season, bettering his previous career best to 152 against Glamorgan before taking it to 210 against Sussex three weeks later. His 1,161 first class runs of 2005 was the second-highest tally of the Warwickshire season, only behind Nick Knight. Before his first international Test call-up, Trott had hit 8,121 first class runs at an average of just under 44.

He has also found success in one-day cricket. As of August 2010, he has the highest List A average of any English cricketer with 46.16 and the highest Twenty20 average of any English batsmen with 37.83.


Twenty20 International debut:

Trott's maiden Test century
Although he played for South Africa at U19 level, Trott is eligible to play for England as a result of his grandparents being English. Following a good season in 2007 he was selected in June 2007 for England's one day squad for the series against the West Indies. He was given the nickname Leon, after Marxist theorist Leon Trotsky by the England team. Trott shook off a hand injury and played in both Twenty20 Internationals against the West Indies but failed to contribute in double figures and the series ended 1–1.

2009 Ashes:

On 4 August 2009, during a strong county season for Warwickshire during which he was averaging over 97, it was announced that Trott would be included in the 14 man Ashes squad, to play against Australia in the fourth Test at Headingley. Trott did not feature in that match, but he was then named in the England starting line up to face Australia in the decisive Ashes Test at the Oval and made his debut.

Trott batted solidly during the first innings, scoring 41 runs before being run out by Simon Katich. He scored 119 in the second innings, becoming the 18th England player to score a hundred on debut, the first to do so against Australia since Graham Thorpe in 1993, and the highest scoring Warwickshire batsman on Test debut. After that Test Series, Tottenham Hotspur, the football team he supported when he was a boy, gave him a signed shirt by Harry Redknapp to congratulate him on winning the Ashes and a Test century. England went on to win the Test, and the Ashes series.

Trott was then selected to play in the rain-affected two-match Twenty20 International matches, although the weather prevented him from playing any more than a scoreless four deliveries. He was not selected for the ODI series, returning to Warwickshire to score 93 against Worcestershire, though on September 11 it was announced that he had been awarded an "incremental contract" with England.

England in South Africa, 2009/10:

Trott earned selection for the tour to South Africa that winter, thanks to his Ashes efforts and his batting form which helped Warwickshire to the Second Division 2009 Pro40 title. However, on the eve of the tour former captain Michael Vaughan announced in his biography his disappointment in seeing Trott celebrating with the South African cricket team after their victory over England the previous year. Trott rejected the claims, and was supported by captain Andrew Strauss. Both were disappointed by Vaughan's comments.

In the second One Day International in South Africa at Centurion Park, Trott was promoted to open the innings alongside Strauss and he responded by producing an innings of 87, that along with a century from Paul Collingwood, with whom he shared a substantial partnership, helped England win the game.

Bangladesh home and away 2010:

Trott then toured Bangladesh in early 2010 for two away Tests, followed by two home Tests against the same nation. While in Bangladesh, he had a quiet series. In the first of the home series however, at Lords on May 28, he scored his second Test century – a career best 226 and took his first test wicket. After his double century at Lord's, Trott scored just three runs in the second and final Test at Old Trafford.

Trott's next international match was against Bangladesh in the second of three ODIs. This was a historic match as Bangladesh, despite a gutsy 94 from 130 deliveries from Trott defeated England for the first time in any form of the game. After this defeat however, England fought back to win the series in the third ODI in which Trott scored 110 off 121 deliveries and he shared in a second-wicket stand of 250 along with England captain Andrew Strauss. This stand helped England up to a massive 347 for 7 in their 50 overs.

One Day International centuries-

Jonathan Trott's One Day International centuries

Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 110 6  Bangladesh Birmingham, England Edgbaston 2010

Pakistan 2010:

Pakistan toured England for England's final series of the summer. England won the first two games with ease, by 354 runs and 9 wickets respectively, with Trott making two half-centuries in the second. After losing the third Test, England and Trott fought back in the final Test at Lord's. After seeing England collapse to 102–7 in their first innings, Trott scored 184 to see England to 446 all out. This included a Test record eighth-wicket partnership of 332 with Stuart Broad, who scored a similarly-notable 169. That stand was the turning point in the match as it turned a near-disaster into a solid innings performance that allowed top-form English bowling and fielding to dismantle Pakistan and earn an innings victory. Trott was named England's Man of the Series for his strong batting performance during the series.

2010–11 Ashes:

In the drawn 1st Test of the 2010–11 Ashes at The Gabba, Trott scored 135 not out in England's second innings in an unbeaten second wicket partnership of 329 with Alastair Cook who recorded a Test Match record innings at The Gabba of 235 not out. Trott's century meant he scored centuries in successive Test Matches against Australia following his 119 at The Oval in the 5th Test of the 2009 Ashes in England.

In the second Test, Trott ran-out Simon Katich in the first over of the match to start a top-order collapse which saw Australia lose 3 wickets for just 2 runs. He then made a strong 78 off 144 balls in a partnership with Alastair Cook in the first innings, contributing notably to England's 620–5d and eventual innings victory.

He continued his fine form against Australia with a century at the MCG in the fourth Test. After England bowled Australia out for just 98, he scored his third century against them (his fifth overall in Test cricket). Ably supported by Kevin Pietersen (51) and Matt Prior (85), Trott finished not out on 168 as England were bowled out for 513. Having played his fifth Test against Australia, he now averages over 100 against them and 64.00 in all Test cricket.

Full name
: Ian Jonathan Leonard Trott (England)
: April 22, 1981, Cape Town, Cape Province
Current age
: 29 years 
Major teams
: England, Boland, England Lions, Otago, Warwickshire, Western Province
Known as
: Trotters
Batting style
: Right-hand bat
Bowling style
: Right-arm medium
Nick name
: Booger
: 6 ft 0 in

Achievements and honours-

  • Scored a century (168*) in the 2010 Ashes at The MCG, Melbourne
  • Scored a century in the 2010 Ashes at The Gabba, Brisbane
  • 18th English cricket player to make a century at his Test debut (5th Ashes Test, 2009)
  • Ashes winner: 2009
  • World Record 8th wicket partnership in Test Cricket of 332 (with Stuart Broad v Pakistan at Lord's, 2010)


Man of the series awards-

Date Format Opponent Result
2010 Test cricket Pakistan Pakistan England win the series 3–1

Test Cricket centuries-

Jonathan Trott's Test Cricket International centuries

Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 119 1  Australia London, England The Oval 2009
[2] 226 7  Bangladesh London, England Lord's Cricket Ground 2010
[3] 184 13  Pakistan London, England Lord's Cricket Ground 2010
[4] 135* 14  Australia Brisbane, Australia The Gabba 2010
[5] 168* 17  Australia Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 2010

Australia's loss looked inevitable from day one when it was dismissed for a paltry 98 in two rain-shortened sessions on the first day. A capitulation became inevitable early on the third day when England replied with a first-innings total of 513 for a massive 415-run lead.

"It's pretty hard to accept," Australia captain Ricky Ponting said of the Ashes defeat. "They showed us how to bat in a Test match."

Bresnan claimed the vital wickets of Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey after tea on Tuesday to become the architect of yet another poor Australian batting performance.

Bresnan, who replaced Steven Finn in England's bowling attack for the fourth Test, ended the innings with figures of 4-50. Tremlett had 1-71, Anderson had 1-71 and Swan finished with 2-59.

Shane Watson provided Australia's second highest score of the match with 54, while the England lineup featured knocks of 168 from man-of-the-match Jonathan Trott, 85 from Matt Prior and 82 by Alastair Cook, proving that the MCG wicket had plenty to offer the batsmen.

Siddle's bowling provided the only highlight for the Australians, taking 6-75. Johnson, who took 9 wickets in Australia's 267-run win at Perth in the third Test, was far less effective in Melbourne, conceding 134 runs for his two wickets.

Australia captain Ponting's future has come under intense scrutiny in the light of the series loss, his failure with the bat, a finger injury and his unseemly remonstrations with the on-field umpires on Monday after having a reviewed decision ruled not out.

After making just 10 runs in Australia's disastrous first innings, Ponting was unable to make amends and managed 20 in the second.

On a day when Ricky Ponting lost his cool with the umpires, Jonathan Trott was a picture of composure as his second century of the series kept England on target to retain the Ashes. Led by an aggressive Peter Siddle in front of his home crowd, the Australian fast men tried to drag their team back into the contest but after their first-innings 98, the hosts needed a miraculous day, not a solid one. 

Trott was the anchor for England, with support from Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior, and by the close of play their advantage had grown to 346 runs, already an ample lead that will grow on day three. Trott went to stumps on 141 and Prior had 75, and Australia's inability to break through in the final session sapped any energy they might have drawn from Siddle's early strikes. 

Three days of rain might be feasible in Brisbane, given the recent weather in the north, but it won't happen in Melbourne, and Australia's batsmen must find remarkable resolve in the second innings if England are to be denied victory and the urn is to remain up for grabs at the SCG. And judging by Ponting's outburst, levelheadedness is not widespread in the team right now.

The Ashes 2010: Jonathan Trott's third century just the ticket for England-

Jonathan Trott (Pic:Getty)
Jonathan Trott marched past 150 on day three to etch his name into the history books at the MCG with his third Ashes ton.

 Australia are losing it after Jonathan Trott century keeps England on top and on track for fourth Test win after day two at the MCG

The 29-year-old paid no attention to the furore surrounding Ricky Ponting's outburst to continue rubbing salt into the wounds of Australian cricket under blue skies.
Ponting, though, moved on from the token fine for his outburst the day day before to help his side make an early breakthrough in the morning by catching Matt Prior to end an England 6th wicket record partnership of 173 at the ground.

Prior was crestfallen at failing to reach a maiden Ashes ton, but his 85 was yet another vital contribution to the England cause before he chipped five-star paceman Peter Siddle to mid-on.
Siddle has been the only bright spark for Australia throughout this match and he again carried the attack to England in front of his home town fans to get rid of Tim Bresnan soon after.

A regulation edge through to the keeper gave Siddle his fourth Test five-wicket haul, but he was the only seamer smiling after Ryan Harris limped off mid-over with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury.

Trott, though, kept adding to his second ton of the series which has turned him into an Ashes hero of the Chris Broad, Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen mould, and he did it despite taking a painful blow to the knee from an inside edge.

A year ago, Jonathan Trott's crucial fourth Test run out of Phil Hughes wouldn't have been possible, says England coach Andy Flower.

While opening partner Shane Watson set up the MCG dismissal by calling for a quick single that wasn't really there, Flower used the incident to highlight work done developing England's players.

Australia had made an encouraging start in their second innings at 0-54 on day three when Trott pounced on Watson's push into the covers and ran out Hughes with a well-executed throw.

Trott is not known for his fielding and was also coming off his lengthy stay at the crease for 168no.

"A guy like Jonathan Trott ... a year ago, would never have got that run out," Flower said.

"Number one, he would have been too tired physically from the exertions with the bat, because he wasn't in as good condition - our physical trainer is brilliant.

"He's one of the best in the business, Hugh Bevan, a Welsh guy, ex-rugby.
"Working on his movement, the efficiency of his movement to the ball and then the quick release from that position - for Jonathan Trott, he's not known for his fielding.

"For him to get that run out and certainly stop the momentum that the openers had given Australia, was a good example of some of the work that goes on behind the scenes, that people don't see."
Flower said the English cricket system had worked with Major League baseball teams to develop fielding skills.

Australia pioneered this approach, using well-known baseball coach Mike Young as a fielding consultant.

"Guys like Gordon Lord, who runs our coach education program in England and does a superb job for us, they are constantly seeking to educate our coaches and we're updating ourselves all the time," Flower said.

"We ask the players to improve all the time and we have an obligation to do the same as coaches.

"Certainly baseball is the most obvious one, we've had baseball coaches working with our fielding coach about different throwing styles, release speeds, how quickly you need to release the ball, from what position do you release the ball."

Jonathan Trott: England refreshed and ready for the grandest occasion in fourth Ashes Test-

It is a fantastic opportunity to play in front of a massive crowd at the MCG on Boxing Day.

Jonathan Trott: England are refreshed and ready for the grandest occasion

They say it will be the world record attendance for a Test match and to experience such a thing will be an amazing experience.
I was 12th man when we played at the MCG against Victoria and I remember it being a surreal experience to be playing in such a massive stadium.
It doesn’t feel like a normal cricket ground and when you walk down the tunnel out on to the main arena it can seem like a soulless place, but that was when it was empty.
On Boxing Day it will be full and will be a totally different ground.
We have to make sure the memories we take away from Melbourne are good ones.

Trott's hunger hurts Australia-

After the bowlers did their job yesterday, England's No.3 ensured there was no let-up with another impressive display-

source-Andrew Miller at the MCG
Some batsmen specialise in the counterattack, others major in attrition. Jonathan Trott, however, nestles into another comfortable and entirely enclosed genre, that of the specialist bloodletter. Like a medieval physician faced with a case of apoplexy, Trott draws his scalpel across the artery, and drains all tension from the situation until the patient is totally becalmed. 

And so it was, on one of the most volatile days of the summer, with Ricky Ponting inviting ICC censure for his run-in with Aleem Dar and Peter Siddle pounding in on a still-lively track to give Australia the outside chance of a sub-200 deficit, Trott bedded in, zoned out, and finished the day on 141 not out. It was his third hundred in his first five Tests against Australia, the first England batsman since Michael Vaughan in 2002-03 to achieve such a feat, and for the second time in as many games, it moved England into a position from which an Ashes-sealing victory appears little more than a formality. 

"I don't think it's anything about batting against Australia in particular," said Trott. "I've played five games against Mike Hussey and he's also scored three hundreds, so you might also have to ask him why he likes batting against England. It's just one of those things. I'm very fortunate. I work really hard on my game, along with everyone else in the team, and I'm just happy to be able to contribute to getting us into a good position." 
A total of 67,149 spectators turned up to the second day at the MCG - some 20,000 fewer than attended on the first, but still the largest crowd that he had ever before encountered. Trott, however, anesthetised the lot of them as he treated the occasion with his habitual equanimity. "Each hundred you get is in different circumstances," he said. "This is definitely an important Test match and one I'll definitely savour. They're all pretty special but Boxing Day, [with] the hype around it and the support from the English fans, it would definitely be right up there." 

Like South Africa's Jacques Kallis, a fellow Capetonian, Trott is not exactly a man to set the pulses racing, but it's hard not to admire the unfussy manner with which he goes about his work. All of the fuss, in fact, is fast-tracked into his ritual between balls, which involves constant guard-taking and crease-scratching, and enables him to expend any excess nervous energy and leave the business of seeing and hitting cricket balls to a combination of a sound instinct and a water-tight technique. 

"Any batter that's out there in the middle, in the zone, is tough to bowl to - especially him," said Siddle, whose adrenalin-fuelled method has been thwarted by Trott in each of those three centuries. "It is tough work. The wicket is not offering a lot of bounce, which keeps it in his favour a little bit - knowing it's going to be pretty much up there for him on the front foot." 

Trott's current average against Australia is a Bradman-esque 96.33, while his career average - at his overnight score - of 62.92 puts him second behind the Don in the all-time averages for batsmen who have made more than 1500 Test runs - a figure he ghosted past during the afternoon accumulation with Matt Prior. 
As with the best of Trott's performances, notably his 184 in partnership with Stuart Broad at Lord's last summer, the latter stages were fuelled by an absolute certainty of outcome. The morning drizzle and early life had made survival tough for all the batsmen, and both overnight incumbents, Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss, fell without significant addition. 

But as the evening drew in and the crowds dissipated in droves for the second day in a row, Trott's love of crease occupation and eye for the loose delivery allowed him to ease to within nine runs of his third 150-plus score in seven months. To put that in context, Pietersen (on six occasions) is the only English batsman to manage more so-called "daddies" in the whole of the past five years. 

"I think it's important I don't over-rev when I'm batting and try and over-hit the ball," said Trott. "Sometimes I find I'm a bit tense, it's too much. I try and be nice and patient and play my natural game, which is to accumulate here and there and let the other guys hit boundaries and sixes." 

In fact, Trott was so under-revved, he claimed he did not notice or take an interest in any of the controversy that took place early in the second session, when Kevin Pietersen survived a caught-behind appeal off Ryan Harris that led Ricky Ponting into an angry discussion with umpire Aleem Dar. The only moment he was truly unsettled came when he inside-edged Ben Hilfenhaus onto the side of his kneecap. 

"It was one of the most painful things I've felt in my life," said Trott, who required lengthy treatment after falling to the crease in a heap. "I asked for the runner to put the pads on and see how it went. I gave it 20 minutes to see if it stiffened up. It did a little bit ... but that'll teach for me inside-edging it." 

That incident aside, Trott's resolve was scarcely tested, as he re-entered the zone that he and Alastair Cook had occupied on the final day at Brisbane, when England served notice of their series intentions with that formidable second-innings scoreline of 1 for 517. "Obviously the cloud cover was there and a bit of drizzle early on," he said, "but fortunately the sun came out this afternoon and the wind sort of dried the pitch out."

But despite the looming prospect of a very handsome victory, Trott was not ready to take anything for granted just yet, the very same trait that has served his batting so well throughout a memorable 2010. "We all know that the Australian team - like we saw in the last Test match - has got some good players," he said. "We're going to have to be at the top of our game to make sure we keep the pressure on them the whole time. 

"I wouldn't say that they were demoralised," he added. "I thought they bowled pretty well today ... [but] things went our way. It was a good day for us but it's important to remember they'll come at us tomorrow morning and try and get themselves right back and get as many wickets as soon as possible. It's important I'm on my game from the start tomorrow. There's plenty of work for us left to be done in this Test match." 
Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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