Jonathan Trott, who played 52 Tests for England, has scored 3835 runs at an average of 44.08. @ Getty Images
Jonathan Trott, who played 52 Tests for England, has scored 3835 runs at an average of 44.08. @ Getty Images

Warwickshire’s sport director Ashley Giles has said that England should treasure prolific batsman Jonathan Trott, who called time on his first-class career last week, as one of the finest No. 3 batsmen in its history.

Trott, who played 52 Tests for England and scored 3835 runs at an average of 44.08, missed out on reaching 1000 runs in his final season of domestic cricket, but more than his exploits in the domestic circuit, Giles feels his contribution for England will most be remembered.

“We’re going to miss him, absolutely no doubt about that,” Giles told The Cricket Paper on Tuesday.

“He’s going to leave a gap because he has been one of the best players in the country for a long time. He developed into someone famous for his scratching at the crease – almost digging a trench there. He became very process-driven and some of the best players are. He was very structured in his thinking. When he was at his best, I don’t think I would have anyone else batting for my life than him. He managed the percentages so well, he didn’t like getting out.

“England have been crying out for another Jonathan Trott to come off the rank, but they’ve never really replaced him.”

Giles stressed on the fact how Trott gave importance to his No. 3 position. “He really emphasised just how crucial that number three role was. Was it any coincidence that England had that run of success when he was batting there? I don’t think so.”

Another quality of Trott’s highlighted by Giles was his ability to concentrate on the situation. “Whether you lost a wicket to the first ball of the innings or in the 50th over, he always came in with the same approach,” he said.

“He would say, ‘I don’t care what everyone else is doing, I’m here to score runs’. That’s why when he made his debut against Australia I knew that the situation wasn’t going to be too much for him because he was playing so well before he got the call. He took each ball as it came in that Test and he went and got a hundred.”