Trott: I'm no mercenary: South African-born star gets homesick for Birmingham
22:09 GMT, 6 July 2012
Jonathan Trott has slammed critics who see him as a South African mercenary using England and says that he gets homesick for Birmingham whenever he is in Cape Town.
Trott chose the day South Africa arrive for a three-Test series that will decide the world’s best team to emphasise his commitment to England.
He also rubbished suggestions that he celebrated with Graeme Smith’s team when they clinched their last series here at Edgbaston four years ago.
Hitting out: Trott denies celebrating South Africas last series win in England
The presence of a number of South African-born dual-nationals in the England team remains a contentious topic in cricket but Trott, like Kevin Pietersen, has an English parent and has made his life in Warwickshire after marrying a local girl.
‘I feel completely British,’ said Trott. ‘I went back to South Africa for my brother’s wedding last year and I didn’t enjoy it at all. Every time I’ve been back to Cape Town I’ve always changed my flight so that I can come home earlier.
‘It’s nothing to do with crime or political reasons. I just didn’t enjoy being away from home. And home is Birmingham.’
Looking to the skies: Jonathan Trott watches as the rain comes down at Edgbaston ending England's chances of a whitewash over Australia
It was Michael Vaughan, then the England captain, who accused Trott of celebrating with the South Africans when they won in 2008.
‘That’s complete rubbish. I don’t know where that came from,’ said Trott in an interview with espncricinfo.
‘Do those who doubt me see me putting my money in a South African bank account Do they see me buying property outside England Or planning a future elsewhere
Forced indoors: England captain Alastair Cook and the rest of the squad train indoors due to the rain
‘No. I’m thinking about which school my daughter is going to go to here. It’s quite evident when someone is a mercenary. People can sniff it a mile away.’
The Test series is now less than two weeks away but before then England — 2-0 up — must complete their NatWest series against Australia in Durham today and at Old Trafford on Tuesday, if the weather allows.
The chance of going to the top of the world one-day rankings with a 5-0 series triumph has now gone thanks to the wash-out at Edgbaston on Wednesday, but England still have a series to clinch.
English summer: Groundstaff mop up the outfield following rain ahead of the fourth ODI at Chester-le-Street
Chester-le-Street was soaked on Friday, but the forecast for Saturday’s fourth one-day international is significantly better and Durham’s ground is a quick-drying one.
England: Cook (capt), Bell, Trott, Bopara, Morgan, Kieswetter (wkt), Patel, Bresnan, Broad, Finn, Anderson.
Australia: Watson, Warner, Forrest, Clarke (capt), Bailey, Hussey, Wade (wkt), Lee, McKay, Hilfenhaus, Doherty.
Umpires: M Erasmus (SA) and N Llong (Eng).
Third umpire: A Dar (Pak).
Match referee: J Srinath (Ind).
TV: Sky Sports 1 from 10.30am.
Jimmy Anderson looks certain to be fit to try to claim the one wicket he needs to reach 500 in international cricket for England, second only to Sir Ian Botham. The home side must decide between Samit Patel and James Tredwell for the place which has been made vacant by an injury to Graeme Swann.
Tredwell, whose five one-day appearances for England have come in five different countries, knows that if he gets the nod he will be stepping into some big shoes.
‘You look on as a spinner and you see Graeme as the best in the world,’ said Kent off-spinner Tredwell, who has been preferred by England this summer to young spinners like Scott Borthwick and Danny Briggs.
‘I have to try to do all I can to try to stay in the England set-up. Once you have had a taste of international cricket you want more.’