Cape’s Trott toast of Lord’s

2010-08-28 11:49

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – Jonathan Trott is looking more and more like the one that got away as far as South African cricket is concerned … and now earning some Jacques Kallis comparisons into the bargain.

The Cape Town-born former Boland and Western Province batsman, 29, headed an epic England fightback in the crucial final Test against Pakistan at Lord’s on Friday, recording his third century at this level (149 not out).

His unbroken eight-wicket partnership of 244 with Stuart Broad (125 not out) turned the host nation’s first innings dramatically around after it had floundered to 102 for seven at one stage.

England, an uneasy 2-1 up going into the weather-affected Lord’s Test, closed day two on 346 for seven, with their stand just two shy of the all-time England record for this wicket.

Trott also brought up his 1000th Test run in only in 23rd Test innings and 13th appearance for his adopted country.

Former England all-rounder Derek Pringle wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “Trott’s core qualities were tested thoroughly, as he absorbed the full fury of a team homing in for the kill.

“He batted with his brain, something that couldn’t be said about everyone who came to the crease. When the ball is jagging around you need to keep backlifts short and strides long.

“He managed the concentration of Garry Kasparov and the discipline of a Zen monk, the latter needed to ignore the constant carping from Kamran Akmal behind the stumps.”

Cricinfo’s Andrew Miller, meanwhile, noted: “Like his fellow Capetonian Jacques Kallis, he cloaks his talent with a one-size-fits-all batting tempo that seems out of kilter with the entertainment-obsessed era into which the game has moved.

“This tour de force left no-one in any doubt about the value of a cricketer who sets himself for survival like Ray Mears in a bushtucker trial.”

Earlier this week, Sport24 highlighted the increasing statistical threat Trott was posing to Kevin Pietersen’s star “South African billing” in the England Test team.

Out-of-touch KP’s contribution on Friday? A fatal first-ball swish for a duck …


  • clint - 2010-08-28 12:12

    No surprise there. How many more will get away, or are already away. Proper stuff up happening in SA sport due to the ANC.

  • Mike - 2010-08-28 13:02

    Our cricket board is too blind to see the forest for the trees. Typical of this pathetic government, let the foreign lands get our much sought after "White" talent

  • Rod - 2010-08-28 13:43

    @mike & clint. Let us see what he does in Aus. Anybody can score in England.Fools like you should stay in the Bush.

  • Cire - 2010-08-28 13:58

    Not just Trott - KP, Strauss, Prior, Kieswetter - and lots more. All exiles from racism in sport in the tradition of Dolly. Good luck to them!

  • anon - 2010-08-28 14:15

    he maybe good but doesn't come even close to the brillance of Jacques Kallis, who at times is so unappreciated for his incredible achievements with the bat AND the ball !

  • Ross - 2010-08-28 14:26

    they can keep him. hes not such a big loss. we have some serious young batters coming through

  • Dave - 2010-08-28 14:47

    Rome was not built in a day. Wait till Ntini takes over Cricket SA and then see what we can do.

  • nothing new - 2010-08-28 15:14

    Trott isn't the one that got away. Some trees and flowers need lots of "green" weather to blossom. Others prefer drier weather like in aussie, paki, india, rsa and so forth. All it shows is the tough level of competition for middle order batsmen in RSA. Trott, Pietersen, Kieswetter all national 3rd choices at best go and become stars in England. They went to England because they knew they would be stars, less tough competition. No need to racialise or politicise the issue.

  • Don - 2010-08-28 15:19

    Man Fock julle he was not good enough to play for S A so which non white should be dropped you Morons ?

  • clint - 2010-08-28 15:34

    What's up Rod? Being paid to stand up for politically inept, racist and corrupt ministers who are destroying our sport. There is hardly a sport we are any good at any more, and think where we were in the past. Soccer, athletics, hockey, cricket etc etc etc etc.

  • Rod - 2010-08-29 11:53

    No Clint. I do not condone the behaviour of our politicians, but it is exactly this kind of mindset like yours that leaves us in the wild. I am just objective and try to be realistic. Look at our rugby in the tri nations since 1996, nothing to write home about. Yet we want to blame politics. I believe our cricket did well in the past 15 years. ( At least better than England ) Yet we see black players as quota. Or are you referring pre 1994, non existent?

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