Trott is still unsure whether Pietersen will stay committed to representing England in future series
While South African-born batsman Kevin Pietersen may have made his international return for England after spending several months exiled from his team-mates due to his actions over the summer, Jonathan Trott believes that the flamboyant player still has to prove that he can be an asset for the national team in future series.
Pietersen and the rest of the England team are currently in India for a four-Test series and the South African-born batsman played a key role during the second Test at Mumbai, smashing 186 runs to help tie up the series 1-1.
However, Trott still feels he needs to be convinced that Pietersen will stay committed to representing England during future series and not abandon the team to go and play in domestic Twenty20 tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL), which he has done so year after year after year.
“Test cricket has got to start again,” Trott said. “And when the pressure is on and the chips are down, that’s when you need people to perform. That’s when if cracks are tested then they widen and it becomes more obvious with regards to performance and team dynamics. So when the pressure is on that’s when it happens and we’ve got to make sure we have all our ducks in a row and we’re ready for that. But I think we’re on the right track.”
Trott hinted that his relationship with Pietersen remained undamaged amidst all of the controversy over the summer, but he believes that it may not be the same case with some of his team-mates, who see Pietersen as a traitor.
“I think a few players got sucked in,” Trott said. “But I play the game for cricket, not for any other sort of agenda. So anything that doesn’t involve me directly or the actual cricket I play I’m not interested in.
“I’m a very firm believer in harmony in the dressing-room and people pulling their weight and going and doing things the right way. I’ve my own ideas and Kevin and I have always got on fine. I think he’s a fantastic player and it’s great to have him back playing and committed to playing cricket for England again. It’s a big thing.
“But as long as everything has been sorted out with regards to the reintegration – with the ECB, management and Kev – that’s the main thing so we don’t have these sort of mishaps in the future and it doesn’t rear its head again.”