Hardly anytime to write anything today, but I did manage to catch a few bits of the first session over in Barbados.
Obviously, aside from England doing their best to make an average West Indies attack look like world-beaters, the main story is that of another failure for Jonathan Trott.
I have always remained broadly pro-Trott, in terms of his inclusion at the top of he order for his tour. On the surface, Trott’s inclusion made sense. He has a top quality Test record, and also returned to form last year with Warwickshire in pretty devastating fashion. However, it appears that some of his technical faults are still at play; most notably his weakness against short pitched bowling.
I’m not going to blame the England selectors for taking him on this tour, or even for persevering with him for the entirety of it, but if they stick with Trott for the first Test against New Zealand later this month, then things need to change.
Trott’s position in the side is close to untenable after this series. Being dismissed for low scores, and the manner of those dismissals, has led to him being a weakness rather than an asset to the England side he served so well from 2009-2013.
He has been a terrific player for England, providing a calm reassuring run-churning presence at number three during England’s steady rise to the top of the world rankings. But that’s in the past now.
Thanks for the memories Jonathan, but the time has come to look towards the new generation.