Jonathan Trott feels winning ICC Champions Trophy 2013 will be ideal boost for England

Jonathan Trott is the third highest run-getter in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 so far © Getty Images

London: Jun 21, 2013

Jonathan Trott hopes England’s ICC Champions Trophy 2013 final against India at Edgbaston on Sunday can lay the platform for the remainder of a successful season.

Trott, third in the list of the tournament’s leading run-scorers with 209 runs behind only that of India’s Shikhar Dhawan (332) and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara (222), will be looking to help England to their first major One-Day International title this weekend.

England have been trying for nearly 40 years and 16 previous tournaments to break their duck and success on Sunday could act as a springboard for their defence of the Ashes starting next month.

“You always have a little cheeky sneak at the fixtures, and where the final is going to be played, and I was very excited about getting here — and it’s happened,” Trott said at Edgbaston on Friday.

“It’s been a fantastic tournament [for England], with regards to coming back from a loss against Sri Lanka. We had the high of beating Australia first up, and then the game against New Zealand — a tight one in the end, but I thought we played really well — and to beat South Africa at The Oval [in Wednesday’s semi-final was a great performance].”

He added: “I hope we are peaking. There’s obviously still a lot of cricket left this summer, and I hope it will be a great one for England.”

Victory over India would be an ideal start and Trott added, “To walk out at Edgbaston will be extra-special. For me personally, I’m very excited. It’s always fantastic for me, Ian Bell and Chris Woakes [his Warwickshire team-mates in the one-day squad] to play at Edgbaston — representing England is always a fantastic honour. The guys are looking to seize the opportunity. They don’t come around very often.”