Trott given England Lions call-up

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Published: Tuesday 28th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Jonathan Trott has been selected for England Lions’ new year tour of South Africa, marking the first step in a possible full international comeback.

The 33-year-old batsman has not featured for England since his premature departure from last winter’s Ashes tour.

An aborted return to county cricket with Warwickshire in April raised major doubts about his future, but after a second attempt he finished the season in good form.

That has persuaded the England and Wales Cricket Board that the time is right to reintegrate him into their plans – albeit tentatively – with a place in the provisional 14-man group that will play two first-class matches against his native South Africa in January.

Yet that itself is a significant sign, with the Lions firmly viewed these days as the group from which the senior squad will select when places become available.

He has not been kept on for the five one-day matches that follow, suggesting he is now seen primarily as a candidate for the Test squad despite impressive limited-overs form at the tailend of the campaign.

ECB national selector James Whitaker said: “Jonathan Trott’s exceptional form and run scoring exploits for Warwickshire at the end of the summer has resulted in his selection for the first class fixtures at the beginning of the tour.”

Published: Tuesday 28th October 2014 by The News Editor

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