England batsman Jonathan Trott believes that there is further improvement in his game despite a memorable year which has seen him enter cricket’s Hall of Fame as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
Trott joins Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read, Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal and England’s Irishman Eoin Morgan as the choice of Wisden editor Scyld Berry.
The traditional fifth spot was due to be taken by one of the three Pakistan players about to face trial for match fixing allegations.
Trott played an important part in helping to retain the Ashes during the winter but his Wisden accolade was given for his prolific run-scoring during last summer’s Test series against Bangladesh and Pakistan.
“I’m delighted but you can only win it once, so if you play well this year you can’t be considered again,” Trott said.
“It’s a great honour to be in there with some of cricket’s great names and recognition of a lot of hard work and some good performances last summer.
“Last summer was about establishing myself and proving to people and myself that I can perform on the international stage, to be consistent and contribute to England being successful.
“I would like to think that I have pretty much ticked the boxes there with regard to last summer and it’s gone pretty well since. I have always felt that I could contribute in one-day cricket but I don’t think that I’m the finished article in Test cricket or one-day cricket.
“In this current England team if you stand still people will overtake you. So it’s important that you improve all the time. There are things that I can improve on in Test cricket and one-day internationals and it’s important that I continue to strive to do that.”