England batsman Jonathan Trott has insisted that his three Championship appearances for Warwickshire this month will not be net sessions for England’s Test series against Sri Lanka.
Trott will make his first appearance of the season against Lancashire at Edgbaston this week and then play against Worcestershire, also at Edgbaston, and Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, before the first Test in Cardiff.
Trott was given a month off along with his Warwickshire colleague Ian Bell to recover from an exhausting winter in which he spent almost five months away from home.
Trott recharged his batteries with a trip back to South Africa to attend his brother’s wedding but insists he is ready for his return to county action.
“I don’t regard it as having a net before the Test series starts. I know that Warwickshire will have to drop someone to include me and it’s tough on whoever they leave out because they will have been working hard in pre-season and for the first month of the season,” said Trott.
“From my perspective the focus over the next three games is to try to win games for Warwickshire.
“I’m not one for looking back at what has happened in the last year or looking too far ahead. If you look at the schedule for the summer and the amount of cricket that you have to play it can be quite daunting. My only focus at the moment is on this block of three games I have with Warwickshire.”
Trott made 150 against Lancashire at the corresponding stage of last season but finished on the losing side. He knows that England team-mate James Anderson, another Ashes hero who will also make his seasonal county bow, is looking forward to bowling at him and Bell.
“It’s a big challenge playing against Lancashire and not just because Jimmy Anderson is playing for them. We’ve tended to struggle against them in recent seasons and got beaten by them at the same stage of last season.
“But we showed when we beat Somerset by an innings in our opening game that we are starting to play better against the top teams.
“I know that Jimmy has been looking forward to this game for a while. When I saw him at Ian Bell’s wedding he said that he was looking forward to bowling at me.
“It will be a little bit strange facing someone who was a team-mate for most of the winter but we’ve faced each other before so it’s something that we are used to.”