Jonathan Trott ready to return and ‘wear the three lions again’
Saturday 15 March 2014
Jonathan Trott hopes to win back his England place in time for the first match of the summer and has his eye on helping them regain the Ashes after the winter debacle.
In his first newspaper interview since returning from Australia with a stress-related illness last November, Trott told the Evening Standard of his optimism about playing again and of his confidence that he can cut it at international level once more.
He admitted he might have quit cricket altogether when he flew home after the first Test in Brisbane. Trott suffered acute mental torment during England’s disastrous tour but, barely four months later, is ready to hold a bat again and should play for Warwickshire against Gloucestershire, starting on 1 April.
“It’s about playing well for Warwickshire, proving I’m ready to go back and play international cricket,” Trott said. “If I have any concerns [about my health] I’ll say, but I don’t think there will be any.
“England’s first game is against Scotland, on 9 May [a one-day international in Aberdeen], and I’ve got my eye on it, if I start well with Warwickshire,” he added. “Just get back in the fold and get back with the guys, wearing the three lions. It’s something I look forward to.
“The ECB know my intentions, wanting to play again for England. They are very understanding and they know the situation. What happened in Australia was very unfortunate and set the team back. Hopefully, I can repay them.
“I don’t want to look too far ahead because that’s been a problem in the past. We want to play well against Sri Lanka and India this summer and, hopefully, get our own back on Australia next year. I hope I can be part of that.”
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