Xtra - Spurs fan Trott ready for Ashes
10 July 2013|Spurs Comms Team
Spurs fan Jonathan Trott is raring to go for what he describes as the pinnacle of cricket - the Ashes.
Currently 10th in the ICC world batting rankings in Test cricket – and fourth in One-Day cricket - Trott is a key man in the England line-up as they prepare for back-to-back Ashes series against the old enemy, Australia.
The five-Test series on home soil this summer begins at Trent Bridge this morning, when the Warwickshire CCC man will either take his place in the field or prepare to take up his usual batting slot at number three.
Trott, averaging over 50 in Test cricket in 2013, first told us about his love for Spurs back in 2010. “When my grandad lived in London he supported Tottenham and my father was a Spurs supporter as well,” he said.
“My first vivid memories are probably from the 1991 semi-final. I always remembered Gary Lineker’s second goal; he lay on his back after scoring and that was it, we were in the final.
“I love the attacking tradition of the club.”
Trott made his name as an England batsman with a stunning century in his first Test match against the Aussies, the Fifth Test in the 2009 Series that saw England regain the famous Urn after being comprehensively beaten in a 5-0 whitewash Down Under in 2006-07.
In doing so, he was only the 18th England player to score a ton on his Test debut.
Eighteen months later, and Trott was at it again against the Aussies, this time as second highest run scorer behind Alistair Cook in an impressive 3-1 Series win, including a century at the MCG to help set-up the Series-clinching test win.
Trott scored 168 not out as England posted 513 and won by an innings and 157 runs, knocking the Aussies over for 98 and then 258.
Naturally, he can't wait for the next two instalments of one of sport's great rivalries - not least this series followed by another in Australia later in the year.
"It’s the pinnacle of a cricketer’s career, playing in the Ashes, but back-to-back Ashes series is almost unheard of, so we’re going to play 10 Test matches against Australia and that will be a fantastic challenge," he told us last season.
"There is a lot to gain there. They are high up in the rankings as well, so if we manage to beat them it will be really good for us, not only winning the Ashes but beating a good side.”
July 10 - 14: 1st Test, Trent Bridge
July 18 - 22: 2nd Test, Lord’s
August 1 - 5: 3rd Test, Old Trafford
August 9 - 13: 4th Test, Chester-le-Street
August 21 - 25: 5th Test, The Oval