Thursday, October 22, 2009

Honeymooner Trott ready for next trip

Jonathan Trott believes he will be fit and refreshed to resume his fledgling England career in South Africa next month.

Trott will be returning from his honeymoon in the United States.

The Warwickshire right-hander made a dream start to his Test career when he memorably hit a century on debut as England clinched the Ashes at the Oval in August.

It was a heady beginning for the South African-born right-hander, although he has just made just one appearance in an England shirt since - against minnows Ireland in a one-day international.

Trott's Oval success had come too late for him to be included in England's squad for the ODI series with Australia and subsequent Champions Trophy.

The 28-year-old believes, however, that the spell away from the England set-up may have been a blessing in disguise as he was able to remove himself from the spotlight that had threatened to intensify after his debut heroics.

After finishing the season back with Warwickshire, Trott used his break to go on honeymoon to the United States where he said he was able to get his mind of cricket ahead of his first England tour to his homeland this winter.

"I have been away from the game for a bit which helps me relax. I have been away on my honeymoon actually," he told Press Association Sport.

"We got married in April at the start of the season, but obviously with the cricket season we never got a chance to go away on honeymoon.

"It's definitely good to get away"

"We went over to the USA to San Francisco and Las Vegas. I'm really into my US sports so I got to catch the 49ers in San Francisco and watch the Yankees in a play-off game.

"It's definitely good to get away. I had been playing non-stop for Warwickshire since the final Test so I didn't have much time to get away from cricket.

"When I was younger I thought that the best way to be was to play and practice as much as you possibly could; get into the nets and hit balls. Now I realise it is good to get away and take some time out to relax. That can be just as important.

"But certainly by the time that October 31 comes around (when the England players meet before flying out to South Africa) I will be chomping at the bit to get back out there and hit some balls again."

When England last toured South Africa five years ago Kevin Pietersen was granted a hostile reception from the home fans who felt the Pietermaritzburg-born right-hander had turned his back on his country of birth.

Trott, who appeared for South Africa's Under-15 and Under-19 teams before moving to England in 2002, is hopeful that he will not be subjected to similar taunts, but does not believe it will affect him should it happen.

"I have friends over in South Africa I have spoken to and they've said the feeling is I should be fine," said Trott, who was promoting the recently-released 'The Ashes 2009 Series' DVD.

"I certainly have no animosity towards South Africa and the way cricket has been run there and I don't think the cricket public there think badly of me for leaving.
"I'm not going to say I'm not expecting anything, it could happen. I can't change what the fans do or think, but whatever happens I will try not let it affect me."
Asked if he felt any apprehension about travelling to his homeland for his first international tour Trott said: "No not really. I wouldn't say it is apprehension but more wanting to make sure that I take the chance.

"While I am keen to do that I am also conscious of keeping in check my desire and to not get caught up in everything around being in the touring team.

"I don't want to worry about what is happening off the field and just focus on what I am doing."

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