Spurs fan Trott all set for Ashes
Just hours after our Champions League clash tonight, Spurs fan Jonathan Trott takes his place in one of sport's great contests, the Ashes in Australia.
Just hours after our Champions League clash against Werder Bremen tonight, Spurs fan Jonathan Trott takes his place in one of sport's great contests, the Ashes in Australia.
The first ball of the latest, eagerly-awaited series between England and Australia is scheduled to be bowled at midnight at the famous Gabba ground in Brisbane.
If England bat first, Trott is expected to go in at number three in England's batting line-up and therefore could be thrust straight into the action in the vital first session.
"Batting at three, theoretically I could be facing the second ball of the match," he tells the Telegraph today.
"I am sure that will not happen, but I have to prepare for every eventuality and I know there is a lot of talk about how important the first session - and even the first ball - of the Brisbane Test match can be."
A star of England's Ashes win in the summer of 2009 when he scored a century on his debut at the Oval, Trott's love of Spurs follows a familiar family path.
"I support Spurs because my family have," said South African-born Trott. "When my grandad lived in London he supported Tottenham and my father was a Spurs supporter as well.
"My first vivid Spurs memories are probably from the 1991 semi-final. Around then in Cape Town we'd just started getting satellite television.
"I've always remembered Gary Lineker's second goal more than Gazza's free-kick; he lay on his back after scoring and that was it, we were in the final!
"I love the attacking tradition of the club. The current team is really exciting; they play great football and are good to watch."
The Ashes 2010-11 will be contested over five Tests, starting tonight at Brisbane.
First Test: 25-29 November, 2010 (Brisbane)
Second Test: 3-7 December, 2010 (Adelaide)
Third Test: 16-20 December, 2010 (Perth)
Fourth Test: 26-30 December, 2010 (Melbourne)
Fifth Test: 3-7 January, 2011 (Sydney)