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Trott ponders future opening role

January 20, 2015 10:09:54 UK

Current Lions captain Jonathan Trott has suggested that his way back into the senior England set-up could be as an opening batsman.

The 33-year-old right-hander has been out of the senior picture since leaving the Ashes tour of Australia just over a year ago, but Trott is closing on a possible return by leading the Lions on their ongoing tour of South Africa.

There’s some very good cricketers around in England so the competition is very high.

Jonathan Trott

And Trott, who made his name at number three in the batting order, has admitted that he could be tempted to try and move up a place, with England yet to find a permanent partner for Alastair Cook in Test cricket.

However, Trott accepts that there is big competition for places, with Sam Robson and Yorkshire pair Adam Lyth and Alex Lees also currently in action with the Lions.

He told reporters: “Sometimes at number three you can sit there and live every ball and maybe work yourself up too much. Whereas as an opener, you know you have just got to go out there and bat, that’s your job.

“It’s obviously a bit different but the person in possession, Sam Robson, is a very good player and Adam Lyth is a very good opening batsman as well, so there’s lots of competition for getting back into the England side.

“Who knows what the future holds. There’s some very good cricketers around in England so the competition is very high.”

England can be backed at 2.62 to regain the Ashes on home soil in the summer, while Australia are 1.90 to win the series and 1.44 to retain the little urn by securing at least a draw.

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