Trott's warning salvo to SA

2011-03-02 16:30

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – Jonathan Trott is in ominous form for England in the lead-up to their World Cup red-letter day in Group B against South Africa at Chennai on Sunday.

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The Proteas have other fish to fry first, against the second-tier Netherlands on Thursday, but the Cape Town-born batsman already shapes up as a big threat to them for a match-up between two of the more strongly-fancied teams in the tournament.

Trott blasted a run-a-ball 92 against Ireland in Bangalore on Wednesday as England went well past 300 for the second time in succession, taking his World Cup tally to 170 from three innings at an average of 56.

When he reached 64 he also earned the distinction of joining another South African-born player, Kevin Pietersen, and West Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards in becoming the fastest (21 innings) to 1 000 runs in one-day internationals.

A quirky little statistic is that Trott achieved the milestone despite starting his ODI career against the very same opponents in Belfast in August 2009 – with a duck.

In three ODI appearances against South Africa, among his productive 21 knocks thus far, he has shown a fair relish for the Proteas attack by scoring 87 (Centurion), nine (Cape Town) and 52 not out (Port Elizabeth).

The fastest batsman to 2000 runs, at least, is a South African who actually plays for his land of birth – Hashim Amla, who got there from 40 innings.

 In tribute to Trott as he got to his 1000-run landmark, television commentator Mark Nicholas observed: “If you’d said about 18 months ago that Jonathan Trott would become one of England’s key one-day international cricketers, you would have had some doubters ...”


  • lefty - 2011-03-02 16:37

    Ja a geluk aan Trottie. Punt is egter dat die Iere se boulwerk nie naastenby is wat die Proteas op hom gaan loslaat nie. So "good luck" ou maat, maar ek weet waar ek my weddenskap gaan lê.

  • TheWasp - 2011-03-02 16:49

    Ja whatever...Yawn...fed up hearing about Saffers carrying those useless Poms.....

  • Cire - 2011-03-02 17:48

    Always good to see a South African doing well

  • Ricky - 2011-03-02 18:10

    @The Wasp& Cire. Last time I looked ALL the England players were British!

      StaalBurgher - 2011-03-02 22:12

      Don't be obtuse, of course they have the citizenship but the point is that it is the South African culture and community that is producing these players.

      Bob - 2011-03-03 13:10

      @StaalBurgher, it is the South African culture and community that is chasing these SA born players away to the likes of England, don't get ahead of yourself and claim all the spoils that you produced these fantastic players.

      Ricky - 2011-03-03 15:31

      Thanks Bob ! you took the words out of my mouth !

  • guzilam - 2011-03-02 20:22

    Well well. Even a well paced 92 off 92 balls by MR Trott couldn't stop Ireland today.

  • Claude - 2011-03-03 05:36

    After the Proteas almost B Team lost to minnows Ireland - watch out Proteas as they have a point to prove and will be going all out to beat us. If they loose and Ireland pull off another unexpected win then England could be out.

  • buka001 - 2011-03-03 06:57

    Good luck england - somehow I don't favour your chances - almost lost to Netherlands, snatched a draw from the jaws of victory against India and lost to Ireland. We shall see!

  • myjdjames - 2011-03-03 07:45

    Now its England who lost? But when they win then we love to say its South Africa

  • sharkbait - 2011-03-03 11:05

    hmmm... England might need to buy a few more players...

      Bob - 2011-03-03 13:13

      hmmm, England don't buy players, they offer them a relatively safe country with a fair opportunity regardless of colour, simple as that.

  • Sipho - 2011-03-03 14:39

    England have been using our born and bred players since the bad old days of Basil D'oLiviera. So many expats performed them - England is like our second team, and we love to see them fail and fail again. Lets see if Trott can beat Hashim's record of fastest to 2000 runs. This is exciting. Old SA vs New SA. Go Hashim Go Hashim

      Bob - 2011-03-03 15:55

      Sipho I am going to sit in a corner for 10 minutes and try to make any sense at all from your comments, what the hell are you talking about "So many expats performed them" ? 'England is like our second team and we love to see them fail and fail again ? why ? you crazy mixed up nutter, there will be a lot of people hoping SA don't win on Sunday if only because they won't have to put up with the dumb rantings of clowns like you.

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