CRICKET Jonathan Trott (right) and Andrew Strauss of England on March 22 2012 - AFP
 
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Trott content with busy schedule

Trott content with busy schedule

By PA Sport
Last update The 06/06/2012 at 11:29 -
By PA Sport - The 06/06/2012 at 11:29
Jonathan Trott is highly unlikely to follow Kevin Pietersen's lead, and start narrowing his options as an England cricketer.
 

As both South Africa-born batsmen began their preparations for Thursday's third Investec Test against West Indies, it was Trott who found himself quizzed on the ramifications of his team-mate's decision to retire from limited-overs international cricket rather than Pietersen explaining his apparent change of heart.

Trott, surplus to Twenty20 requirements for the past two years since the last of his seven caps in the shortest format, remains a central plank of England's middle order in ODIs and Tests. He said: "You have to speak to the guys who play all three (formats) about how they feel, but I'm really happy with the scheduling for me."

It is barely three months since Pietersen was racking up successive one-day international hundreds for England, and pledging himself to the cause as far as the next World Cup in 2015.

Yet last week, it became clear that those two match-winning innings in the United Arab Emirates would be Pietersen's last in 50-over cricket for his adopted country.

Trott added: "It's really busy - but that's part of being an England cricketer... it's part and parcel. You have to accept it and get on with it.

"Kevin's made his mind up about what he wants to do, and that's fine. The guys support and understand the decision he's made."

Trott is confident too that, although Pietersen's retirement is a "huge disappointment", others will be able to pick up the slack.

"There's plenty of talent to come in and take his place. It's a bit of a blow, but you have to pick yourself up and get on with it.

"He's box-office, as everyone will tell you. He's a great fielder and a really entertaining, powerful and destructive batsman - so it will take a bit to replace him. But I'm sure there are people up there who can do the job."

 
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