The Guardian reports Jonathan Trott will make his debut in the Ashes decider Test next week, with Ravi Bopara out. Given England’s history of avoiding-big-decisions and punting-down-the-line, I’m very impressed with the move. Four Tests and eight innings are enough practice for a man, and Bopara — who I so wanted to stick — didn’t make the cut.
Does it matter that an uncapped player will have to perform in one of the biggest Tests his country has played since, um, the Oval 2005? Well, I don’t know much about this Trott man (other than his stellar county form this year and his South African heritage), but Kevin Pietersen (another S.A. man, mind you) was only 4 Tests old himself when he walked out, hit 158, and saved the Ashes. Smaller coincidences have made a pattern.