Drinking sessions that is. Trott’s announcement in an interview that he puts his excellent international form down to the fact that he has layed off the drink shows that he is determined not to let anything stand in the way of him having a successful England career.
So far for Jonathan Trott the results have been amazing, he has solved the test number 3 spot (maybe not so much in the 50 over side) and he currently averages over 50 in both tests and ODIs.
I’ve got to be honest and say as a Warwickshire fan I seen him as a decent county player, but I didn’t see him doing this well at international level. When he got picked for the the 2009 Oval test match, I thought he might play a handful of tests for England and then slip quietly back into county cricket.
How wrong was I?
Alcohol in sport is quite a big problem in the UK. Despite Trott’s South African background, he appears to have got caught up in what seems to be a British culture. The alarming line in his interview is the one in which he says “the guys in the team understand” (him not going out boozing any more). This suggests to me that Trott is the exception, rather than the norm.
Another good example of someone turning their game around after going on the wagon was the change in form and fortune for snooker player John Higgins.
Higgins put his world championship win in 2007 down to the fact that he had given up drinking, he has since gone on to become the top player in the world since that win.
On the flip side I once heard Darren Gough say on his awful radio show (on one of few occasions I listened) that he used to go out and have 5 or 6 pints every night during and after Yorkshire games, and that he didn’t regret a thing as he had such a great time.
The first thought that came into my head was I wonder if Glenn McGrath was doing that as well? I expect we all know the answer to that question and it might also go a long way to explaining the difference in Ashes series wins between the two men.