Jonathan Trott has just won ECB’s Cricketer of the Year Award, a fair tribute to a man with an average of over 65 in the past 12 months. Not so long ago, it was said it was said of the English line-up that once Kevin Pietersen was dismissed, it was ready for the taking. Now, Trott and Bell (and Strauss and Cook at the top) make sure that’s not the case.
The problem with Trott is that he’s an anti-Pietersen. He scores runs (more than K.P. now), but in his own way — one at a time, with stodgy resolve. It’s difficult to watch. In fact, the only thing that makes it palatable is listening to Test Match Sofa make fun of how awfully difficult it is to watch Trott. But I try not to take the Trott hatred too far, lest that give Test cricket critics another piece of evidence in their fight against the format. Indeed, Trott’s style of play is in line with my paean to anti-modernity: slow, determined, humble, solid. So if I have to watch him and grit my teeth, so be it.