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Jonathan Trott appointed England batting consultant

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Former England batsman Jonathan Trott has been assigned as a batting consultant for England ahead of the Test series against Pakistan.

Trott, 39, was a technically gifted batsman who had a dream start to his International career, scoring a hundred on debut at the Oval against Australia in the 2009 Ashes. Having started his Cricketing career at his birthday in South Africa, Trott moved to England after being unable to break in to the South African side. He then went on to seal the number 3 spot in the Test side, and was a part of the Test team that became World number 1 under Andrew Strauss, achieving historic series wins in Australia after 24 years and in India after 27 years.

Trott, unfortunately, had to retire from International Cricket during the 2013/14 Ashes due to his deteriorating mental health, and he ended his first-class career in 2018, playing for Warwickshire throughout, scoring 18,662 runs in all.

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Trott would be taking over the role of batting consultant from Graeme Thorpe, who will be going back to only being the assistant coach after performing both duties since the last year, after the England and Wales Cricket Board terminated Mark Ramprakash’s contract prior to the 2019 World Cup. Thorpe, however, occupies the position just for the first Test with Paul Collingwood named assistant coach for the second and third Test.

Trott’s other Warwickshire teammates, ex-New Zealand spinner Jeetan Patel and fellow seamer Graeme Welch will also join the coaching set-up. While Welch has been named pace bowling consultant, Patel has been appointed spin bowling consultant for only the second and third Tests. In addition, Bruce French has been appointed the wicketkeeping coach, and Carl Hopkinson will be the national lead fielding coach, as the bunch of them join head coach Chris Silverwood’s coaching set-up for the series.