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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 June 2007, 10:48 GMT 11:48 UK
Trott follows Pietersen path
By Oliver Brett

There were many frustrating moments for cricket fans during the 2007 World Cup.

Jonathan Trott
Trott plays a big leg-side shot in a match earlier this season

But for sheer tortuous agony, the first few overs of any England innings took some beating, with wickets falling and the scoreboard ticking over horribly slowly.

The collective failures of Michael Vaughan, Ed Joyce and Andrew Strauss have cost all three men their place in the one-day squad.

And profiting from their demise is Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott.

It is fair to say the 26-year-old South African native is the most surprising of all the new selections.

He only qualified to play for England last autumn having specifically come to the country to further his cricketing career - remind you of anyone? Kevin Pietersen, perhaps?

And while he has been a consistent run-scorer in one-day cricket in past seasons he has not really lit up the stage this season.

But was his county coach Mark Greatbatch as surprised as the man himself over the call-up?

"I was initially, but then I realised that England haven't been going so well in one-day cricket in recent times," Greatbatch told BBC Sport.

Mark Greatbatch
He's got a lot of good skills, but we have done a lot of work on his [mental] processes and routines

Mark Greatbatch

"The new coach Peter Moores is looking at players who can take them to the next level. Trotty is a good one-day player, with a good domestic record over his career.

"So I wasn't surprised when I thought about it a bit more.

"But I was very pleased for him, very excited for him to get the nod and it reflects well on Warwickshire as a club which promotes young players."

So what qualities can Trotty bring to the side?

Greatbatch describes him as a very good "gapper" of the ball, meaning he instinctively hits the ball between fielders for runs.

It is an attribute that may tempt Moores into playing him in the top three for England, to take advantage of the early fielding restrictions.

Greatbatch said: "He sometimes takes a little while to get in, but is a good momentum builder and is capable of going on to get a good score.

"He has won games for Warwickshire in one-day cricket by being very aware of the way he plays and aware of how he has developed in the last couple of years."

Tim Ambrose
Tim Ambrose is another impressive Warwickshire batsman

"This year he's been scoring at about 80 runs per 100 balls in the one-dayers for us, which is a pretty good clip."

Greatbatch, a former Test batsman for New Zealand, said most of the work put in by him and his staff to improve Trott was based on the mental side of the game.

"He's got a lot of good skills, but we have done a lot of work on his processes and routines with our sports psychologist.

"In the past six months he has shown big improvements in that area."

Interestingly, Trott is not viewed by Greatbatch as Warwickshire's best English-qualified batsman.

Their wicket-keeper Tim Ambrose, who originally hails from Australia, is "the best batter in domestic one-day cricket I've seen this year".

For now, Matt Prior is guaranteed a decent run in the side following his runs in the Tests against West Indies. But the Warwickshire boys are coming.



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