22/12/2009

The Jonathan Trott rituals

CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 20: Graeme ...Image by Getty Images via Daylife
JONATHAN TROTT has infuriated the Proteas by his rather slow method of preparing himself between deliveries.

Trott’s rather exaggerated mental preparations include a pensive walk towards square leg and multiple acts of scratching out his guard before composing himself to face the next ball.

Both his exaggerated preparations and his dour batting in the 1st Test at the Centurion have irked the Proteas.

An understandably irritated Graeme Smith complained, "It's been a constant thing throughout the tour. I'm all for a batsman taking his time to be ready - I'm not the quickest myself setting up at the crease. But when a bowler has to keep stopping for a batter - and he's been warned in a one-day game and warned again during the Test - it is frustrating."

The petulance of the South African captain has had no effect on Jonathan Trott. He in fact vowed (surely with a smirk on his face) to continue his ‘method batting’.
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