Trott next only to Bradman in Test averages

Jonathan Trott’s 125 not out against Sri Lanka left him with a Test average second only to that of Sir Donald Bradman Getty Images

Cardiff: May 28, 2011

Jonathan Trott’s 125 not out on the third day of England’s series opener against Sri Lanka left him with a Test average second only to that of Australia great Sir Donald Bradman.

Trott, whose century was his sixth in his 19 Tests, now averages 66.34 — ahead of such all-time greats as South Africa’s Graeme Pollock, West Indies’ George Headley and England’s Herbert Sutcliffe.

But he is still some way short of Bradman’s astonishing mark of 99.94 among batsmen who have played at least 20 Test innings.

‘The Don’ needed only four in his final Test innings for an average of a hundred but was instead bowled for nought by England leg-spinner Eric Hollies at The Oval in 1948.

Leading Test batsmen by average (average, player, country, Tests, innings, not outs, runs, highest score, hundreds):

99.94 Donald Bradman (AUS) 52 80 10 6,996 334 29

66.34 Jonathan Trott (ENG) 19 31 5 1,725 226 6

60.97 Graeme Pollock (RSA) 23 41 4 2,256 274 7

60.83 George Headley (WIS) 22 40 4 2,190 270no 10

60.73 Herbert Sutcliffe (ENG) 54 84 9 4,555 194 16

59.23 Eddie Paynter (ENG) 20 31 5 1,540 243 4

58.67 Ken Barrington (ENG) 82 131 15 6,806 256 20

58.61 Everton Weekes (WIS) 48 81 5 4,455 207 15

58.45 Walter Hammond (ENG) 85 140 16 7,249 336no 22

57.78 Garfield Sobers (WIS) 93 160 21 8,032 365no 26

Note: Qualification – 20 Test innings

Trott’s figures include ongoing innings against Sri Lanka

AFP