Born on April 22 1981 in Cape Town, South Africa; Ian Jonathon Leonard Trott is a top order batsman who currently plays cricket for England. Having played 41 Test Matches, 57 One Day Internationals and seven T20 matches at the time of writing, he is experienced at all forms of the game. His strong performances have helped him to cement his number three spot in the current English batting line up. He is also handy with the ball, pitching in with some part time right arm medium pace when needed.
Trott’s cricket career began in South Africa, where he played for the Under 15 and Under 19 national teams, along with current South African captain Graeme Smith. He then went on to play for the Boland and Western Province teams; however staying in South Africa was not to be. Having a British father, he took advantage of his British passport and upon moving to England, he joined Warwickshire in 2002 where he made his first class cricket debut.
In 2009 after becoming one of Warwickshire’s leading run scorers, he made his test match debut for England in 2009 against Australia, in the long running tournament “The Ashes”. He scored a century on his debut, significantly contributing to England winning the match and the series, regaining “The Ashes”. Further test matches followed this series, where he cemented his spot in the side by proving himself to be a technically correct player with a sound temperament for the game. His One Day International debut followed soon after the Ashes series, against Ireland in August 2009. This debut was not as successful as his test match debut, and unfortunately he scored a duck (zero runs).
Trott has remained a solid performer for Warwickshire and England in all forms of the game. In both Test Matches and One Day Internationals, he averages over 50 runs a game. In Test Matches he has made 14 half centuries and nine centuries, including two double centuries; his highest score being 226 not out against Bangladesh in May 2010. His best Test Match performance away from home was against Australia, scoring 168 not out at the Boxing Day test match in Melbourne 2010, where England went on to beat Australia by an innings and 157 runs. High scores are highly valued at by batsmen at any time, but particularly for an English player when playing against Australia. Trott’s best performance in a One Day International game was against Australia, in February 2011 scoring 137.
Trott has been a consistent performer for the England Cricket Team, something that has been lacking from their squad for some time. He is currently ranked as the number twelve batsman for test matches and the fifth ranked batsman for one day internationals as per the ICC player rankings, which is a testament to his consistent performance thus far throughout his career. At just 32 years of age, there is sure to be plenty more cricket still to come from this talented and passionate player.