Jonathan Trott Quits International Cricket
England batsman Jonathan Trott, who endured a dismal Test series against West Indies, has announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on Monday.
"This was a tough decision to make but I don’t feel my game is at the level you need to be at to play for England," said Trott.
"I was honoured to be given the opportunity to come back and play international cricket again and I’m disappointed it didn’t work out," he added.
Having been out of the England side after withdrawing from the Ashes tour in 2013-14 due to stress issues, Trott earned a recall to the team for the West Indies tour on the back of outstanding domestic performances and a successful tour of South Africa with England Lions.
However, the 34-year-old struggled to get going in the three-match series as he managed just a single fifty from six innings and failing to pass double figures on all other occasions.
Despite the disappointing end to his career, Trott expressed happiness with his eight-year international career that began in 2007 and maintained that he will continue to play county cricket.
"I’ve had incredible highs and some real lows in an England shirt but wouldn’t change a thing.
"I look forward to continuing my career at Warwickshire and hopefully helping us win more silverware."
Reacting to the news of Trott’s retirement, England’s Test captain Alastair Cook praised his fellow team-mate for his contribution to English cricket.
In an official statement released by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Cook praised Trott for making a comeback after having endured a two-year exile due to personal reasons.
Although Trott had a poor series on his return to the English side, Cook lauded the right-hander's commitment to the cause.
"It has been an absolute honour to play alongside Trotty in every one of his 52 Tests," Cook said.
"He can be incredibly proud of all he has achieved in his career and it is no coincidence that his time in international cricket has seen the team achieve some very special things often with Trotty at the heart of our success on and off the field.
"To come back from events around the Brisbane Test in 2013 and earn a place back in this side is testament to his character and spirit and although things didn’t work out as we all hoped on this current tour, he gave absolutely everything to the three lions every time he wore the cap."
Having represented England in 127 international matches across all formats, Trott accumulated close to 7,000 runs with 13 centuries and 41 half-centuries.
3,835 of those runs came in the Test arena, 2,819 in One-Day Internationals and 138 in Twenty20 Internationals, the format in which he made his debut against West Indies back in 2007.
Cook admitted that the national team will surely miss a player of Trott’s calibre and experience.
"I speak on behalf of this current team and all those who have shared a dressing room with him over the years when I say it was a privilege to play alongside him.
"He’ll be sorely missed by all in England cricket and our supporters will thank him for some incredible memories.
"Trotty has a huge amount to offer English cricket and we wish him all the very best as he continues his career with Warwickshire."
Although known more for his exploits in Tests, Trott had tremendous success in ODIs too as he still holds the record for the highest batting average by an English batsman in ODIs - 51.25.
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