Xtra - Spurs fan Trott reflects on Ashes
05 September 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
Jonathan Trott returns to the Ashes arena on Friday – and it’s been pretty much the perfect summer of sport for him so far.
The England batsman and Spurs fan is still glowing from a third-successive Ashes triumph - maintaining his personal, 100-per-cent Ashes record - after a 3-0 Series victory.
Meanwhile, he admits he's 'really excited' for the 2013-14 campaign at the Lane after a series of impressive signings this summer.
After a brief break from Twenty/20 action and this week’s One-Day International against Ireland, Jonathan is back in the squad for the One-Day Series against the Aussies, five 50-over clashes in 10 days, September 6-16.
“We’ve rested a few guys so it’s important the senior guys step up in this One-Day Series, the likes of Kevin (Pietersen), myself, Ravi (Bopara), it’s a makeshift top-order and there’s no real experienced seam bowlers,” said Jonathan. “It’s an exciting young group and people will get a glimpse of the future.”
Reflecting on the Ashes, Jonathan said the key factor to England's victory was the team's ability to come out on top in the moments that mattered.
“We found ourselves in some tricky situations, either the Australians putting in some good partnerships with the bat or taking wickets, but someone would always get us out of trouble,” he said.
“To win things and be a successful team you need to be able to do that. That was certainly the case in this Series and hopefully we’ll do it again in Australia.
“Australia came back well from a huge loss at Lord’s. It wasn’t surprising for us, because we always knew they were a pretty good team, but more (Australia) earning the respect of the public.
“As soon as you fail to respect the opposition, that’s when they can hurt you, so it was important we always did that and let everyone else judge for themselves.”
Jonathan is his own fiercest critic, and was disappointed that some scores in the Series – 40, 48, 49, 58 and 59 – didn’t turn into centuries.
“Yes, I had a few good innings without really kicking on and getting that big score I would have liked,” he reflected. “That was frustrating but hopefully I’ll go to Australia and do better.
“It’s a team game, after all, so there will be times when you won’t make the runs you would like.
“I’ve had a pretty good year though in Test and one-day cricket, but it’s one of those things and it’s important to move on. The ambition and desire to score runs is there. I’d be worried if I wasn’t slightly worried with my own performance but there is another chance in Australia.”
As for Spurs, Jonathan is looking forward to watching how the season unfolds after recruiting seven new players – Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli, Vlad Chiriches, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Paulinho and Roberto Soldado.
“I like the look of the new players, Soldado looks so sharp and I think it will be fantastic season with all the pieces in place. It’s really exciting.”
Of course, he’ll watch a chunk of that Down Under as the 2013-14 Ashes gets underway in November – the second instalment of 10 Ashes Tests back to back.
“If you have a 3pm game on a Saturday, that’s 10 at night out there, so if there is an early kick-off, you can catch the games, so it’s not too bad,” he added.
Sept 6 - 1st ODI, Headingley (10:15 BST)
Sept 8 - 2nd ODI, Old Trafford (10:15 BST)
Sept 11 - 3rd ODI, Edgbaston (d/n) (14:00 BST)
Sept 14 - 4th ODI, Cardiff (10:15 BST)
Sept 16 - 5th ODI, Southampton (d/n) (14:00 BST)