Today’s play at the First Test between England and Sri Lanka was dominated by 2 Warwickshire batsmen – Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell. Trott completed the second double hundred of his test career and Bell is only 2 runs away from completing his 13th test century. So firstly, I would like to congratulate them both for the fine form they have shown with England last winter and now into a new summer in England – well done lads!
Jonathan Trott celebrates his 200 against Sri Lanka at Cardiff
Ian Bell was pin-pointed by followers of the game from an early age as a potential England star – and he made his test debut at The Oval in 2004 aged just 22. Jonathan Trott also made his test debut at The Oval – in 2009 – but this was at the much less tender age of 28.
Since Trott’s magnificent debut against Australia I have followed his test career through its high and highs with particular interest. Mostly this is because he is a Bear of course, but also because a few months before he made his debut I told my boss – who likes his cricket but is from Wigan and knows little of the affairs of the Bears – that Trott should be playing for England. He was, of course, suitably impressed by my punditry when Trott was not only selected to play for England but scored a second innings century that helped England regain the Ashes!
So well done Trott, I thought, you have managed to make me look like I know what I am talking about and have earned yourself an extended run in the England side.
However, I will be the first to hold my hand up and say, that if someone had told me that 21 months after making his debut, Trott would have:
1) Scored 6 centuries
2) Turned 2 of them into double hundreds
3) The second highest career test average of all time
Then im afraid I would have not believed them!
A test average of 66.77 – second only to Sir Donald Bradman FFS !
Incredible, Amazing, Marvellous – words fail me . . . . .
But the most shocking part of Trott’s rise to test success is that it very nearly never happened. For let us make no bones about it, Trott was 28 years and 3 months old when he made his test debut, and if the oppoturnity had not arose when it did – if he was injured or other players were fit and in form themselves – he may never have played test cricket at all. He did not have many years left before he would surely have been over-looked for the next generation no matter how many runs he scored!
That is how close us Warwickshire supporters and Jonathan Trott fans came to only believing that Trott could have been a good test batsmen – and not actually finding out that he is a great test batsmen.
Great? Is that not too strong a word? No. If Trott carries on accumulating test runs the way he has done for the past two years he will finish with an average that no one will be able to ignore or dismiss. He may not end up in second place – but no English batsmen who has played test cricket since 1970 has ended his career with an average above 50. And that goal is well within Trott’s sights!
So keep on grinding, keep on fighting and keep on digging in Trotty!
You are digging yourself a deep and secure place in the annals of test cricket history!