Trott believes he can perform better coming in at number three rather than as an opening batsman
England’s ‘Mr Consistent’, or more commonly known as Jonathan Trott, has announced that he would be more comfortable coming in to bat at number three after batsman Kevin Pietersen was included in the squad at the last moment.
With Pietersen’s inclusion in the squad, there has been some speculation about whether Trott should open the batting with captain Alastair Cook, who is searching for a new opening partner after the retirement of former Test skipper Andrew Strauss.
However, even if opening the batting is not ideal for Trott, there is no need for England to panic since two other candidates are still interested in the position, with the first being Yorkshire’s Joe Root and the second being Somerset’s Nick Compton.
But, Pietersen could replace Trott as the number three batsman since his average over the last 34 Test matches playing in that position has been over 50.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News, Trott said: “I’ve enjoyed batting No.3 in my career, since my second Test match when I was put in that position, and I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job there, but, if asked to open I’d have to – or I’d like to – do what the team wants me to. No.3 is my preference but we’ll just have to wait and see. I don’t think it will come to that.”
Pietersen’s return means that there will only be one final batting spot available, which will have to be fought for by Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow and Samit Patel.
Trott is now the latest member of the England squad that has backed Pietersen to do well throughout the series.
“Kevin is a world-class player and if you want to be a successful team you need your best players playing, as long as everything has been straightened out between Kevin, the ECB and the management squad then hopefully everything can be laid to bed – and I think everything has been. We had our meetings with him – I think that’s been widely reported – and everything went pretty smoothly. I’ve never really had any problem with Kev, I’ve always enjoyed playing with him and it’s time to get back playing some good cricket,” Trott added.