Mitchell Johnson was admirably ruthless - Jonathan Trott
Former England batsman Jonathan Trott recounted his experience in the 2013-14 Ashes down under and termed Mitchell Johnson as “admirably ruthless”.
In the 2013-14 Ashes, Australia whitewashed England 5-0 and Trott left the series after the first Test in Brisbane due to stress related issues.
Revealing his ordeal, Trott said that he felt as if he was led out to face the firing squad with Johnson as his executioner.
“I felt I was being led out to face the firing squad by the time we reached Brisbane,” Trott wrote.
“I was a condemned man. Helpless, blindfolded and handcuffed.
“Mitchell Johnson was to be my executioner.
“And they know I’m struggling.
“They’re circled like hyenas round a dying zebra.
“I felt I was being questioned as a man.
“I felt my dignity was being stripped away with every short ball I ducked or parried.
“It was degrading. It was agony.”
Johnson, who ended up with 37 scalps in that series, was one of the main reasons Australia were able to inflict a 5-0 whitewash to reclaim the urn.
Nevertheless, Trott clarified that he does not have any resentment against Johnson and hoped that one day he will be able to shake hands and compliment him for his efforts.
“One day, I’d like to shake him by the hand and say, ‘Well bowled,’” he added.
“I don’t bear him an ounce of resentment.
“Test cricket is meant to be hard and he was admirably ruthless.”
After the 2013-14 Ashes series, Trott did not play Test cricket until April 2015 and announced his retirement after taking part in The Wisden Trophy against West Indies that year.
Overall, Trott played 52 Test matches between 2009 and 2015 and scored 3835 runs at an average of 44.08, including nine centuries and 19 fifties.
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