Warwickshire and former England cricketer Jonathan Trott declared about his retirement at the end of the domestic season in 2018. He is the key player for his county team Warwickshire since 2002 and was a crucial player for England cricket team in 2010/11 which won the Ashes series under the captaincy of Andrew Strauss.He began his career with a century in the Ashes Series in 2009. He played 52 tests at an average of 44.08 and scored nine hundreds. He scored two centuries against Australia in which England registered a series victory by 3-1. He played 68 ODIs at an average of 51.25. But he was trolled as a slow run getter by the time. In the ODIs, his strike rate was 77 which was similar to that of Kumar Sangakkara and Michael Clarke, the outstanding cricketers in his reign.
His international career was shortened when he returned home after a stress-related illness in 2013-14 during a game at Brisbane. Later he suffered same illness umpteen times. He returned to ODI team in 2015 and played for the series in West Indies tour but he announced retirement after that series for international cricket. Later, he started playing for his county Warwickshire again and his form was consistent and scored 17000 runs in first-class cricket and 11500 runs in the limited overs cricket.
Speaking about his retirement, Trott said “I’ve been fortunate to have enjoyed a great career with Warwickshire and England and I am very grateful for all of the support that I have received from my fellow players, coaches and management who I have worked with,”
“Choosing to retire at the end of the season is something that I have spoken about at length with my family and this is now the right time to look at the next chapter of my career.
“Warwickshire CCC is a very special club and I’ve been immensely proud to have worn the Bear & Ragged Staff throughout my career. We’ve made a strong start to the 2018 season and I hope that I can make a major contribution to more success in my final year at Edgbaston as a player.”
His acquaintance with Warwickshire began with a double century in 2002. He played 395 games since 17 seasons and has a good relationship with Ian Bell to form a strong stand. He was the member of the team when the county won the championship in 2004 and 2012. He was awarded the man of the match for one-day cup of Royal London in 2016 as he scored an unbeaten 82 runs against Surrey to guide the team towards victory.
The Sports director of Warwickshire, Ashley Giles said that Trotty will be remembered as one the greatest batsmen to have played for Warwickshire and England in the 21st century. He made an immediate impact upon arrival at Edgbaston by scoring such a high volume of runs, and he has gone on to be part of one most successful periods in the club’s history, with five major trophies won across all formats.
“At international level, he played a major role in one of the best England teams of the last 50 years; a team that went top of the world rankings, but which also won the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 25 years. He’s a Bear through and through and knowing when to retire is never easy for any cricketer.
“However, it’s something that he has thought long and hard about and, whilst we will miss his immense contributions on and off the field, we all support Trotty with his decision. It has been a huge pleasure to have played and worked alongside Trotty throughout his career and we wish him the very best in everything that he does.”