Jonathan Trott is aiming to carry his excellent Royal London Cup form all the way through the season into the final and help Warwickshire to see off the challenge of Surrey at Lord’s on Saturday.
Trott’s runs from the top of the order have been integral to the Bears’ passage to the final. In the 50-over competition this season he has scored 433 runs in six innings, including three centuries and a half-century, at an average of 72.17.
Surrey have some dangerous batsmen on board but they know there are few more skilful run-gatherers in limited-overs cricket than Trott, as illustrated by his average of 51.25 in 68 ODIs for England.
In a mouth-watering final between two teams boasting many potential match-winners, Trott is among the main men.
And he is determined to round off his fine white-ball season by helping Warwickshire to lift that trophy.
“It has been going nicely for me in 50-over cricket,” said the 35-year-old. “With William Porterfield being away with Ireland I have had to step up to open the batting and it’s worked out pretty well. I have opened for Warwickshire in one-day cricket before and it’s a nice place to bat.
“Last year was quite difficult for me, what with retiring from international cricket and dealing with that. Cricket can be quite an unforgiving sport sometimes, so I wanted to bounce back well this year and I’ve been pleased with the way it’s gone.
“Cricket is pretty much a window into how you’re doing as a person. There is no place to hide in cricket, just like in life. You just have to accept the cards you have been dealt and that’s what I had to do after last season and work really hard.”
No stranger to big crowds and big occasions, Trott will be featuring in his third Lord’s final for the county he has represented since 2003.
“It’s always great to have the opportunity to play in a Lord’s final,” he said. “I’ve played in two so far and won one and lost one, so hopefully I can make it 2-1 victories.
“It will be a big occasion and it’s satisfying even to have got there because you know you must have had a good one-day season to reach a final. We have effectively had three knock-out games already and if we win a fourth we’ve won a trophy. We’re 75 per cent of the way there.
“It will be a game between two even teams. We’ll have to play well, but we’ll have Chris Woakes back which will give us some depth and they will have to play well to beat us.”
Tickets for the Royal London One-Day Cup Final are priced from £30-£50 for adults and at £5 for juniors, with Warwickshire Members and supporters allocated the Edrich Stand and the Lower Tier of the Mound Stand.
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