Strauss confirms Trott to bat at three as England’s batting takes shape

December 15, 2009 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment


It has been said many times that the most important batting position in any cricket team is number three. It is crucial that you have someone who can rescue the situation when the team loses an early wicket, but also be prepared to help build on an excellent start if the openers are in the runs.

Basically, you need somebody with an excellent temperament. You could be waiting for a long time in your pads, after all. With these points in mind, I am very pleased Andrew Strauss has confirmed that Jonathan Trott will bat at three for England this winter, something that could have an effect on England’s South African Test odds.

The South African born batsman – who has enjoyed an excellent start to his test career – strikes me as a perfect number three batsman in international cricket. He is composed, patient, has an excellent attitude and can play his shots when needs be.
We have seen already that Trott can adapt to different team situations and that is what batting at three is all about. Sometimes England will need him to steady the ship, sometimes they will need him to push the run rate up a notch. To my mind, he is very capable of both requirements.

As for Strauss’ opinion, he says that Trott “has all of the attributes” to succeed in this role against South Africa. The Warwickshire man “plays quick bowling very well” according to the England captain. Another pivotal factor in batting up the order, of course.

Overall, it really should work well for Strauss, Trott and England. The way he has taken to international cricket is a huge help to a batting order which is now taking shape.

Strauss and Alistair Cook will open, followed by Trott, the best batsman in the team Kevin Pietersen and the in-form Paul Collingwood. Then, a rejuvenated Ian Bell, will hopefully be able to round off a top six that looks extremely strong.

The first test gets under way tomorrow and it would be an excellent start to the series if England can have a strong batting day first up. Something, in my opinion, they are more than capable of doing.

Meanwhile, in other sporting news the odds for the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup are really starting to hot up and could be worth keeping an eye on.

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