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Jonathan Trott : Lack of shots the key to my success

633   //    15 Jul 2011, 04:25 IST

In a frank interview published on Friday, leading England batsman, Jonathan Trott, claimed his previous reliance on shots had nearly ended his career. Opening up about how he resolved a few years ago to limit himself to just one or two per day, the doughty run machine said his decision was key to his current status as one of the leading dullards in world cricket.

“I’d have a go at any shot I could get my hands on,” he said. “It just didn’t matter to me. At the end of some of my worst sessions there’d be over 20 against my name. It was pretty frightening, to be honest, and I knew I’d have to rein myself in if I wanted to succeed.”

Fellow team mates have been quick to rally round the stoic no.3, with captain Andrew Strauss admitting that Trott is ‘undoubtedly a bit of a drag nowadays’ but that ‘no-one in the side has a problem with it, even when we’re all desperate to get on it as quickly as possible.’

His views were largely echoed throughout the game – with Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq particularly vociferous in his support – although Trott’s long-standing bête noire, Bob Willis, inevitably criticised the stolid accumulator: “The Trott in this country is a disshgrace,’ the ex-England paceman ranted from the Headingley balcony in 1981.

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