On this day in 2009, Jonathan Trott made his Test debut for England. It turned out to be one of the most memorable opening games ever, as Trott made a hundred in the second-innings to help his team beat Australia and lift the Ashes at the Oval. He went on to play 52 Test matches for the Three Lions, scoring 3835 runs at an average of 44.1. He formed a vital part of the formidable England top order that batted Australia out of the 2010/11 series down under, but his relationship with the game soured over time, as it began to give him a feeling of ‘dread’ that led him to retirement.
#OnThisDay in 2009 🗓
A Test debut. In the Ashes.
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