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by Sandeep Shivam Sunday 12 April 2015
England batsman Jonathan Trott who is making a comeback to his side after a two-year hiatus claims to be a more confident man on his return.Trott who had quit midway through the Ashes tour in 2013-14 due to stress related issues believes that he has sorted out his problem.
"I've been tested on and off the field and had to go through the ringer to get here,” said Trott to reporters.“So, yes I feel really confident I can cope and do really well."
The 33-year-old admitted having a tough time during the Ashes tour 2013-14 and revealed the problems that were surfacing through his mind.Having been a prolific scorer for England in Tests as well as One-Day Internationals, Trott felt that he put too much pressure on himself during the Ashes tour.
"I set myself unrealistically high expectations that I couldn't achieve."I wanted to average more 70, 80, 90.“When I went into the Ashes and everyone was saying I averaged 90 against Australia so I thought I had to get 90 every time."I'm on nought when I walk out and I need 90 straight away.“I went too far.”
Starting from the Ashes series at home in July 2013, Trott hit a lean patch as he managed only two fifties from 12 innings.After the first Test of the Ashes tour in Brisbane, Trott consequently pulled out from the tour citing stress issues that sidelined him for the next two years.Despite regretting having missed two years of international cricket, Trott insisted that the experience has made him a stronger player."You hope it's something you will never have to go through but it makes you a stronger person.“It was a real challenge to be here but the challenge starts now."
Trott had a strong domestic season for Warwickshire as he compiled 620 runs from eight matches at 47.69 with three centuries and a fifty.Following the success in the county championship, Trott conjured an impressive knock of 211 against South Africa A in January that earned him a Test recall.Despite the good performances with the willow in the last six months, Trott stated that he wasn’t sure of being chosen for England again.“I didn't know if I was going to be selected but I had to get my head down and push my case forward and that's all I could do.“I'm really glad.”
Trott who has represented England in 49 Tests is all set to feature in his 50th match, a feat which was left stranded due to his long hiatus.
"It's been a little bit frustrating being stuck on 49 (test caps) all that time but I'm really proud of what I've achieved and helped be part of so hopefully to get a 50th cap would be great."England’s failure to produce a quality opening partner for Alastair Cook since the exit of Andrew Strauss in 2012 means that Trott is likely to open the batting with his skipper in the first Test.
From 49 Tests, Trott has an aggregate of 3763 runs at an average of 46.45 with nine centuries and 18 fifties.© Cricket World 2015