England legend Jonathan Trott to retire after the end of this season


TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Jonathan Trott of Warwickshire(C) looks on during Day One of the Specsavers County Championship Division One match between Somerset and Warwickshire at The Cooper Associates County Ground on May 19, 2017 in Taunton, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Warwickshire and former England batsman Jonathan Trott have announced that he will retire at the end of the 2018 domestic season, following an illustrious 17-year playing career that has seen him win all domestic trophies and 52 Test caps and 68 One-Day International caps for England. The 37-year-old was out of contract at the end of this season and, with Warwickshire keen to rebuild the team, it is mutually beneficial for him to call it a day now at the age of 37.

Trott was the perfect fit for England at No 3, providing solidity between the opening partnership of Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook and the shot-playing talent of Kevin Pietersen at four. A serious personality on the pitch, the pressure of Test cricket eventually wore Trott down.

His abrupt departure from the 2013-14 Ashes tour with a stress-related illness cut short his international career. He managed a return in the West Indies as a stop-gap opener 18 months later but retired from Test cricket after three ducks in six innings with anxiety issues still a problem.

The dynamic and crafty batsman initially trialled with the Bears in 2002, and soon signed his first professional contract after scoring an impressive 245 on debut for the second team. He followed this with a century in his First Class debut against Sussex in 2003, and he went on to play a leading role in Warwickshire’s County Championship triumph in 2004 by scoring 1,170 runs.

Trott then went on to make his England Test debut in the deciding game of the 2009 Ashes series, where his second innings century helped secure a memorable victory at The Oval. This was followed by Ashes wins in the 2010/11 series in Australia and the home series in 2013.

Trott was also clinical in helping the Andrew Strauss-led England team go top of the ICC Test Team Rankings, whilst he was also the winner of the biggest player accolade in the international game by winning the Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year.

To date, Jonathan Trott has scored 17,750 First Class and made 44 centuries, with nine in Test matches for England. He has also scored 9,781 List A runs and he remains the Bears leading run scorer in T20 cricket with 1,911 runs.

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