Talking about England's chances for the Ashes, Trott, who scored 3835 runs in 52 Tests, said that the top three will have to step up.
Talking about England’s chances for the Ashes, Trott, who scored 3835 runs in 52 Tests, said that the top three will have to step up.

Former England No.3 Jonathan Trott reckons that to be a successful number three you need a good opening partnership ahead of you and said that he benefited greatly coming in to bat after openers Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss laid out solid foundation for him.

With Cook retiring and England not able to find dependable openers and a No.3, Joe Root, who prefers to bat at No.3 has time and again be hinted to bat up the order. No.3 has been an issue for England with James Vince being tried out six of England‘s seven games against Australia and New Zealand during their winless winter. Root batted at 3 against Pakistan and India.

“To be a successful number three you need a good opening partnership ahead of you – it makes the job a lot easier. I benefited massively from having Cook and Strauss in front of me when I started, as it meant that a lot of the time I was coming in after 20 overs, rather than five overs,” Trott told The Cricketer. “It’s no coincidence that we haven’t had a number three when we’ve had no solid opening partner for Alastair Cook. With Cook gone the number three is under even more pressure.”

Rory Burns has been handed a debut against Sri Lanka after Cook’s retirement and Trott believes that Burns, may not have a solid technique but could do well at the highest level.

“Somebody told me that Rory Burns has got 1000 runs five years in a row, so it’s kind of mind-boggling why he hasn’t got many chances for the Lions. There has been a huge focus in one day cricket in the Lions which could perhaps be the reason why. Alastair Cook didn’t have most traditional technique but he did pretty well so hopefully, Rory can do something similar,”

“England need batsmen who score big runs, who can bat for a long period of time, but also win games of cricket for their county,” he added.

Talking about England’s chances for the Ashes, Trott, who scored 3835 runs in 52 Tests, said that the top three will have to step up.

“We need a solid top three, that’s what we do need going into an Ashes and a tour of the West Indies. You need early runs and with an established top three comes a more settled side. This is particularly important because with the Cricket World Cup coming before the Ashes, the media speculation surrounding the series, especially if England perform at the World Cup, will be ramped up,” he added.

James Vince